Migrating to improved security

Enterprises should move to contactless, high-frequency smart cards that offer the highest level of security, convenience, and interoperability

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Migrating to improved security Nat Pisupati, Regional Sales Director, HID Global.
By  Nat Pisupati Published  April 15, 2014

There are many reasons to improve an organisation’s access control infrastructure, including adopting new technology, combatting escalating security threats, and enhancing value and convenience by combining multiple applications on smartcards or smartphones. To achieve these goals, organisations need a platform that can meet today’s security requirements and also enable them to preserve investments in the current infrastructure when it’s time to migrate to future capabilities.

The migration process is less disruptive when executed with multi-technology smart cards and readers that leverage an extensible and adaptable platform. While organisations that are still using Weigand or another magnetic stripe access control technology may be tempted to upgrade to a low-frequency system to improve security, this still leaves them vulnerable without delivering significant cost savings or an easy migration path. Instead, they should move to contactless, high-frequency smart cards that offer the highest level of security, convenience, and interoperability.

The latest smart card technology uses mutual authentication and cryptographic protection mechanisms with secret keys, and a secure messaging protocol delivered on a trust-based communication platform within a secure ecosystem of interoperable products. With this technology, organisations can achieve the highest possible security now, along with the flexibility to adapt to future requirements.

There are many reasons why organisations need this flexibility:

1. To combine multiple applications onto a single solution. This includes the option to leverage the existing credential investment to seamlessly add secure network log-on capabilities for a multi-layered security solution across company networks, systems and facilities.

2. To add new applications in the future.

3. To adopt new technologies like the commercial identity verification (CIV) cards.

4. To deploy new technology after a merger or acquisition, or location move.

5. To improve risk management due to insurance requirements or by reducing liabilities.

6. To meet new legislative or regulatory requirements.

7. To migrate cardholders to digital credentials carried in smartphones for a more hassle-free security experience.

In addition to achieving a future-proofed  organisations need to meet current secure issuance requirements with an eye to tomorrow. Today’s printers, card materials and software incorporate critical visual and logical technologies for multi-layered validation. Hardware choices include monochrome direct-to-card (DTC) solutions that combine quality, reliability and ease of use, as well as high-definition printing (HDP) re-transfer technology for contactless or contact smart cards. There are also high-throughput solutions that optimise performance and productivity.

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