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Technology Requirements

Technology Requirements

US students selected for ACSC must bring their own personal computing device. International Officers are not required to bring their own device, although they may do so if it meets all criteria below. Those international officers who do not bring their own device will be issued a US government computer for their use while a student at ACSC. Each individual is responsible for the maintenance and repair of their own personal computing device. A limited number of Government “loaner” laptops will be available for temporary use should a student experience a catastrophic computer failure. The use of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) from any agency outside of ACSC is strongly discouraged, as these devices may experience compatibility issues that cannot be resolved. Personal computing devices must meet the following standards:

HARDWARE (Do NOT bring a desktop style computer for use in the seminar rooms) 

• Laptop or notebook with a physical keyboard (MANDATORY). Due to extensive curriculum writing requirements, tablets that do not have a physical keyboard will NOT be useful and are NOT recommended 
• 802.11ac or 802.11n capable wireless card (MANDATORY; included in most laptops built since 2010) 
• CAC reader (MANDATORY) 


  • Students may bring Windows-based or Mac devices. All devices must be running a fully licensed and activated version of the operating system. Additionally, all operating systems must have the latest security patches applied. 
  • For Windows devices:  Windows 7 or higher (MANDATORY), Windows 10 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
  • For Mac devices: OS X 10.13.3 (High Sierra) or higher (MANDATORY)

• Modern web browser with the ability to run web-based applications Chrome 63 or newer (RECOMMENDED), Firefox 57 or newer, Internet Explorer 11 and Edge 40 or newer, Safari 10 or newer

• Adobe Acrobat Reader or other software capable of viewing and signing PDF files (MANDATORY) 
• Office suite capable of processing Microsoft Office 2013 or 2016 file formats [Word, PowerPoint, Excel] (MANDATORY)
• Up-to-date anti-virus protection (MANDATORY). Note: For US students, anti-virus and office software may be available for purchase at a significant discount via DoD or your service’s Home Use Program (HUP).

• An annual certificate of completion for the DoD Cyber Awareness Challenge that covers the entire academic year until graduation (MANDATORY)


ACSC BYOD IT Checklist (CAO 21 July 2020): 

Enabling your CAC

Visit Public key Infrastructure/Enabling (PKI/PKE) to configure configure systems to access PKI-protected content.

OPTION 2 (DoD Website): 

• Select Windows and execute steps 1, 2*, 3, 4 
NOTE: Windows 10 Users DO NOT need to execute step 2 
Part 3: Minimum Required CAC Sites ▪ ACSC SharePoint: Complete the registration at the link below.
 ▪ https://cs2.eis.af.mil/sites/aetc-max-au-acsc/students/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/Lists/ AY20%20RegistraOon/AllItems1.aspx 
▪ You will need your CAC to sign into the SharePoint; use your email certificate. 
▪ If you have not already completed the ACSC Registration you will need to complete this. 
▪ NOTE: If your EDIP or any part of your SSN begins with a zero, the form may erroneously remove that leading zero. Please review your information on the site and confirm its accuracy.
 ▪ Ensure that your most current AFFMS report is loaded into your registration profile. 
▪ Work Email: Required to check once per day.

• Use your authentication certificate. 

  • Windows Users: set up S/MIME to encrypt/decrypt email: 

• Using either Edge or Internet Explorer, go to AF Portal, then search for “S/MIME” (or click the below link): 
• Follow the instructions for your browser to obtain the S/MIME extension 

❖ Note: Do not skip the configuration steps (adding “external.mail.af.mil” to the approved domains list); otherwise it won’t work in OWA. ​

  • Mac Users: S/MIME is not available for Mac at this time. You can use Desktop Anywhere (see Part 4) to access that functionality from your personal computer. 
  • Set up signature block in OWA 

• Once signed into OWA click on the setting’s “gear” icon in the upper right corner 
• Select Options from the drop-down menu 
• On the left-hand side under Mail>Layout>Email signature you will find a location for entering a signature block 
• Check both boxes to include the signature on new and reply/forward messages 
• Use the template below with your name. Add any other (Flight/Division Academic/ Athletic/IT Rep, MDOS, Fellow, etc.) on the line below ACSC Student


Student, ACSC AY21

(Additional titles)

• Finally click the “Save” icon and then click the “<-“ icon in the upper left to return to the main OWA screen. 

(Optional): Obtaining a virtual NIPR terminal via Desktop Anywhere 

1. Desktop Anywhere is a service that allows users to access a virtual NIPR desktop from your personal computer. It works on both Mac and Windows computers. Desktop Anywhere provides access to the full suite of AFNet applications, allowing users to send and receive encrypted email, digitally sign documents, and access SharePoint and shared drive locations as if they were operating from a .mil computer. 
▪ On your personal computer, search for “Desktop Anywhere” on AF Portal (or go to the link below):


▪ Open and follow the instructions located in the “Attachments” column on the right side of the page for your system (Windows or Mac).