More Fun Than a Barrel of Encrypted Certificates

Recently, Q was tasked with enabling authentication into a government agency’s Sitecore CMS using a U.S. Government issued Common Access Card (CAC). I know it sounds scary; but don’t worry, we’re professionals.

The first question that you may ask is: “what is a CAC card?” It, as with many great things in this world, is a simple entity with a complex purpose; specifically, to identify an individual using two-factor authentication. Similar to your ATM card, you’re able to be identified because you have the two requisite items: you have the card in your possession and you know the PIN associated with the card.

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DCWEEK Remixed Part I

Angela Brown, Marketing Manager

After ten consecutive days of parties, seminars, projects, picnics, yoga sessions, meetups, tweetups and outdoor movie screenings, Digital Capital Week (DCWEEK to the initiated) came to a close over the weekend. For those who don’t know, DCWEEK is the brainchild of iStrategyLabs and Shiny Heart Ventures, two organizations that are moving the needle when it comes to the way that agencies and technology companies are structured and how they do business. According to the DCWWEK website, the event is “a 10 day festival here in DC focused on technology, innovation and all things digital in our nation’s capital.” Boy was it. Since no one could possibly attend every DCWEEK event without having access to some sort of cloning technology, I do want to give you a recap of the numerous options that were available to attendees and what I experienced. I have a lot to say based on the handful of events I attended, so I’ll be breaking this into two parts.

The Big Picture

Where to begin? To say that this was a big event attended by a lot of people just wouldn’t do DCWEEK justice. Between June 11 and June 20, DCWEEK participants had the opportunity to build a schedule around 100+ events and more than 8,000 Washingtonians showed up for DCWEEK. During the day, participants could attend breakfasts and workshops where they could learn best practices and hear case studies related to some of the biggest topics in digital – mobile technology, social media, game design, and more. At night, attendees could kick back by taking their pick of happy hours and cocktail receptions.

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