Smart Card Overview
Updated: February 29, 2012
Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8
This topic lists documentation resources for smart cards that include product evaluation, getting started guides, procedures, design and deployment guides, technical references, and command references.
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Smart cards are a tamper-resistant and portable way to provide security solutions for tasks such as client authentication, logging on to domains, code signing, and securing e-mail.
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.
The following table provides links to relevant resources in understanding and using smart cards.
Planning and Architecture
Windows Smart Card Technical Reference