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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..."

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