There’s a lot of talk in the media these days about IT security and the risks for information leakage. What is really going on? The core of the problem is that the threats always existed but has lacked a focused approach and procedures.
The real challenge is the “human factor”, i.e. the behaviors of the users and the compliance of the security procedures instituted by the organization.
Any given workday can require the use of up to fifteen different passwords – and these must be changed continuously. It goes without saying that it is impossible to remember them all without writing them down. To make it easier on themselves, users lend out their passwords, use the same password for several different systems or write them down on scraps of paper to keep handy.
Not logging out from the system when leaving their computers, or getting new passwords verbally over the phone are also common human behaviors that hinder IT security.
As if all this weren’t enough, it’s also common knowledge that it’s never been easier to hack passwords. Getting 100% IT security is very difficult. But with smart cards, it is possible to create a very secure system.
Eliminating passwords compels the user to only use their smart card. This makes it easier to comply with security procedures.
A well thought out client design also makes it possible to give employees added value like single sign-on and session roaming. This typically brings remarkably positive results and very satisfied employees.