At a smaller scale within an enterprise, securing physical premises, protecting information and restricting access to critical applications has become a priority.
The multiple network entries through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), Dial-ups, web portals for employee, partners and customers, wireless connections… make strong Authentication and Authorization all the more crucial today since traditional password based identification is no longer satifsactory.
On the other hand, managing employees´ credentials such as garage and building access cards, accounts and passwords are burdensome and expensive. A new form of identification is necessary, which would secure both physical and logical access while combining other business benefits.
The Smart Card technology, although over twenty years old, has made some significant progress in recent years and, combined with the right software systems and appropriate policies, offer appealing solutions.
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