A Virtual Smart Card (VSC) enables two-factor authentication (2FA) on a user's device without making use of extra hardware, such as smart card readers and USB tokens. VSCs are excellent for protecting companies' IT systems from external threats such as hacking and other unauthorized access from external devices.
This technology revolves around the use of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM): this is hardware that comes pre-installed in any modern computer. For users with Windows 7 onwards, VSCs can be created and the key is cryptographically-secured in the TPM. By making use of VSCs, IT administrators see a significant cost saving in regards to hardware cost, but also see a much faster deployment - which enables what we at Versasec call the Just-In-Time Smart Card (JIT).
Versasec has been working with VSCs for a long time, collaborating with partners as experts in the technology. For example, Versasec and Microsoft held a presentation about how VSCs can enable Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for organizations (please click here to see it, in French).
See below for a tutorial on setting up and configuring VSC devices using vSEC:CMS S-Series.
A short description of how virtual smart cards can be used with vSEC:CMS.
For more information about vSEC:CMS for management of virtual smart cards, click here.
Versasec CEO, Joakim Thorén, is presenting the advantages of just-in-time virtual smart cards at the PrimeKey Tech Days conference in Stockholm, Sweden.