LinuxPlanet: ActivCard Gets Physical (Security) with Linux
Jun 26, 2003, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
"Physical access is one of those security rules that always gets
mentioned during Security 101, but seems to get paid little
attention. After all, we think, we would know if someone were
trying to get onto our machines.
"Perhaps, and perhaps not. Even if we are savvy enough to detect
an intrusion after the fact, the simple truth is at that point, the
damage may have already been done. Your data has been seen and
therefore you have been compromised.
"There are, of course, a myriad of solutions to physical
security. Locked server rooms, keycard access to offices with
workers handling sensitive data, that sort of thing. But what about
the lone computer, sitting out there in the office cubicle,
accessible by anyone while you're out to lunch?
"In situations such as this, a not-so-new technology known as
the smart card can come into play. Earlier this week, an old hand
at smart card technology, ActivCard, inntoduced the first-ever
commercial product for a smart card on the Linux desktop:
ActiveCard Gold for Linux..."