Firstly let me start by explaining what AKO is. AKO is the abbreviation for Army Knowledge Online, which is the global intranet of the US Army. The Army has massive work force, one of the biggest in the world and as such needs a way of keeping them in contact in a secure environment. As you could expect the US Army needs a higher level of internet security than most organizations. A member of the regular army or even many civilians that are contracted to the US Army have access to this system and can securely and confidently exchange information. Whether that information just be a simple email or an image or video. In fact many Army personnel will use no other system for their day to day internet needs. The AKO system allows all the useability of a normal internet connection but with the added bonus of being a well monitored and secured connection.
To sign up for an AKO webmail account, as mentioned before you have to a member of the armed services. The sign up process requires that you enter some personal data, so I recommend that you have documents like drivers license and passport on hand. The signup process will ask you for your name, date of birth, address and few other standard pieces of information about yourself. However it could require you to enter your license or passport number. If you want to get a better understanding of the signup process the web site offers tutorials.
The login process has two levels of security. Firstly there is the username and password, which is the same as you will find on almost any system that requires authentication. However AKO Webmail has one extra level of authentication. The CAC or Common Access Card, this card is provided to all members of the US armed forces who are using the Army Knowledge Online email system. It is issued by the Department of Defence (DOD) to all active duty personnel, civilian employees, National Guard and other eligible contractors. It is a smart card that is used as an ID for the above personnel but also doubles as encryption facilitator for systems such as the AKO.
Security is of the highest priority for the armed forces many classified documents are stored behind AKO systems such as webmail. Webmail allows employees and active servicemen to access this information anywhere in the world. this facilitates the sharing of knowledge, which helps keep the USA safe and secure.
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