The Secure Access Using Smart Cards Planning Guide
Updated: June 30, 2005
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Smart cards and their associated personal identification numbers (PINs) are an increasingly popular, reliable, and cost-effective form of two-factor authentication. With the right controls in place, the user must have the smart card and know the PIN to gain access to network resources. The two-factor requirement significantly reduces the likelihood of unauthorized access to an organization’s network.
Smart cards provide particularly effective security control in two scenarios: to secure administrator accounts and to secure remote access. This guide concentrates on these two scenarios as the priority areas in which to implement smart cards.
The intended audience for this guide includes technical decision makers, enterprise architects and enterprise security administrators who plan, deploy, or operate remote access links and network security. Consultants who plan, deploy, or operate Windows-based networks should also find this information useful.
The information in this guide applies to organizations of all sizes that require strong identity protection and data access control.
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In More Detail
This guide includes four chapters that focus on the essential issues and concepts required to plan smart card authentication. These chapters are:
Chapter 1: Introduction
This chapter provides an executive summary and considers the business challenges faced as well as the benefits gained if you implement smart card authentication. The chapter suggests the recommended audience for the guide, lists the reader prerequisites, and provides an overview of the chapters and solution scenarios.
Chapter 2: Smart Card Technologies
This chapter outlines the approaches in the use of smart cards to secure critical accounts. It also discusses the essential elements for the two solution scenarios described in chapters 3 and 4. Finally, this chapter introduces Woodgrove Bank, which is the basis of the two solution scenarios.
Chapter 3: Using Smart Cards to Help Secure Administrator Accounts
This chapter describes the design considerations required to secure administrator accounts with smart cards. The chapter goes on to examine the issues and requirements for Woodgrove Bank. It discusses the solution concept, prerequisites, solution architecture, and solution operation for the scenario. Finally, the chapter reviews possible options to extend the solution to incorporate the change management process.
Chapter 4: Using Smart Cards to Help Secure Remote Access Accounts
This chapter describes the design considerations for remote access with smart cards. The chapter goes on to examine the issues and requirements for the implementation of secure remote access for Woodgrove Bank. It discusses the solution concept, prerequisites, solution architecture, and solution operation for the scenario. Finally, the chapter reviews how to extend the solution to incorporate physical access control.
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