Swedish Export Credit Corporation (SEK), which is 100 per cent owned by the Kingdom of Sweden, provides financial solutions on commercial terms by granting export credits and direct lending to exporters. SEK also administers the state-supported export credit system, CIRR.
SEK had decided to use employee badges both for physical access control to the offices and for logical access control to the computer systems. Not only does SEK require high levels of security to secure the sensitive company assets, SEK also saw possibilities to extend the IT services provided to the employees if the security level was elevated.
The first step was to put in place a PKI. The trust center of the PKI, the certificate authority, was secured with the vSEC:ID Server Key from Versasec. vSEC:ID Server Key makes use of smart cards to secure the root key of the certificate authority.
After the PKI was in place, SEK was ready to start the smart card program. The chosen card was the Gemalto .NET card. SEK evaluated different smart card management systems and selected the vSEC:CMS T-Series from Versasec to manage the life cycle of the smart cards.
Mr. Stephan Bruus, IT Security Officer at SEK, explains: "We successfully managed our employee badges using the vSEC:CMS from Versasec for almost one year now. Recently we decided to upgrade to the brand new S-Edition. This has simplified our processes and enables our IT organization to service the SEK employees both remotely and locally in an efficient fashion. The smart card program has been a success and we are continuously expanding it within our organization. Versasec has assisted us throughout the process, the products are easy to use and the technical support has been impeccable."