Meeting Cyber Security Needs with Smart Card Readers

Meeting-Cyber-Security-Needs-with-Smart-Card-Readers (2)As more and more of our nation’s information goes onto digital servers, cyber security is becoming one of the most important priorities for government research. Without proper protection, connected devices can be hacked, and valuable intel is at risk whenever an official uses an unprotected device.

Fortunately, smart card readers can help restrict access to sensitive forms of data, including emails, messages, and document or image files. The difference between consumer-based devices and the ones used in professional or government situations is the level of security.

Consumer-based tablets are commonly used for surfing the web and watching videos, so they are not designed with data protection in mind, and smart card readers are not required. For situations requiring varied levels of access, card readers can provide and easy way to ensure data is viewable only by those with appropriate clearance.

To find a tablet fit for a business or department, it is vital to seek out enterprise-grade devices. Enterprise-grade devices such as laptops, phones, and tablets are made with durability and security in mind, both electronically and in their design.

One necessary level of security is the TPM (Trusted Platform Module). This implementation keeps devices secure, and codes information to make it much harder for any outside force to hack. It is not foolproof, but a TPM device is over ten times safer than any consumer-grade laptop or tablet.

Another significant layer of protection is hardware-based disk encryption. This protects the core of the device, ensuring that no matter where the hard drive may end up, it’s protected.   

Wi-Fi connections also need to be secure and encrypted to protect all devices on that platform. Look for the most recent upgrades in authorization and encryption when buying wireless devices, including rugged tablets, so it and all the other devices on the network have appropriate protection in place.

Smart card readers enable systems to recognize authorized users and provide access to each user based on their individual security level and permissions. Authentication protocols can be implemented and adhered to, providing a higher level of internal security.

Mobile device management allows remote access to each device for IT administrators responsible for security. If a device becomes lost or compromised, it can be shut down, access restricted, or data wiped from its memory.

Smart cards provide the direct person-to-device protection required for all the other security components to maintain their integrity. Implementing smart card usage is the best way to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data.