WN16-DC-000310 - Active Directory user accounts, including administrators, must be configured to require the use of a Common Access Card (CAC), Personal Identity Verification (PIV)-compliant hardware token, or Alternate Logon Token (ALT) for user authentication.


Smart cards such as the CAC support a two-factor authentication technique. This provides a higher level of trust in the asserted identity than use of the username and password for authentication.

Satisfies: SRG-OS-000105-GPOS-00052, SRG-OS-000106-GPOS-00053, SRG-OS-000107-GPOS-00054, SRG-OS-000108-GPOS-00055, SRG-OS-000375-GPOS-00160


Configure all user accounts, including administrator accounts, in Active Directory to enable the option 'Smart card is required for interactive logon'.

Run 'Active Directory Users and Computers' (available from various menus or run 'dsa.msc'):

Select the OU where the user accounts are located. (By default this is the Users node; however, accounts may be under other organization-defined OUs.)

Right-click the user account and select 'Properties'.

Select the 'Account' tab.

Check 'Smart card is required for interactive logon' in the 'Account Options' area.

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References: 800-53|IA-2(1), 800-53|IA-2(2), 800-53|IA-2(3), 800-53|IA-2(4), 800-53|IA-2(11), CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000765, CCI|CCI-000766, CCI|CCI-000767, CCI|CCI-000768, CCI|CCI-001948, Rule-ID|SV-224994r569186_rule, STIG-ID|WN16-DC-000310, STIG-Legacy|SV-88281, STIG-Legacy|V-73617, Vuln-ID|V-224994

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: 58e33d58b4a132c200896077dc6c919cefd616d28024295d00d604fa03258d1f