White Paper Answers Secure Smart Card Questions


A new report by Smart Card Alliance, a nonprofit multi-industry association, describes security considerations for organizations that are intending to deploy smart card technology for payment, security or identity applications.

Titled What Makes a Smart Card Secure?, the report provides an overview of smart card security features and other security designs inherent in smart card-based systems. The paper is intended to answer security questions on the use of electronic passports, contactless payment cards, transit fare cards, SIMs for cell phones, and new ID cards issued to government and non-government employees.

“Smart card technology is an essential ingredient that brings a higher level of security to payment and identity systems worldwide,” says Randy Vanderhoof, executive director, Smart Card Alliance. “Our newest report details how smart card technology uses secure integrated circuits as the core of the technology, and explains the unique security benefits this provides to personal secure devices such as cards, USB tokens, SIM modules or embedded chips.”

Readers will also learn how smart card technology and secure microcontrollers enable additional system-level security measures, and how these multiple layers work together to guard against unauthorized users, says Vanderhoof.

Click here to download the free report.

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