Physical Access Credentials

From Version 6.4, Versasec credential management suite now includes support for the management of Physical Access Credentials. vSEC:CMS has been leading the market in managing PKI-based credentials for over 10 years. Starting with version 6.4, vSEC:CMS now also supports Physical Access Credentials. They can be managed in the same credential management system, vSEC:CMS.

Physical vs Digital access

  • Physical access grants permission to individuals to enter an organization’s premises, such as an office building. Essential for both physical and digital security.
  • Digital access grants access to an organization’s digital resources. Also referred to as logical access, such as computer, domain and VPN authentication.

Credential Types

Many credentials have capabilities that include both, physical and digital access. However, there are credentials with only physical access capability. These credentials usually come at a lower price than the combined credentials. 

Organizations can benefit from physical access credentials by issuing the lower cost Physical Access Credentials to the group(s) of people that only require physical access into the organization’s premises and not access to digital resources.

Manage Physical Access Credentials with vSEC:CMS

With vSEC:CMS 6.4, customers can now issue and manage the complete lifecycle of physical access credentials, without the need for an accompanying PKI chip. The management capabilities remain the same as when managing digital access credentials, or digital/physical access combined credentials.

Benefits of Managing Physical Access Credentials with vSEC:CMS

  • Cutting cost on hardware compared to using combined credentials
  • Allowing a single solution for all credential management, single pane of glass.
  • No new solution to implement, learn and maintain.

Credential Type Capabilites

Smart Card / USB token Physical Access Credential Virtual Credential (VSC, WHfB)
Physical access
PKI Certificates (digital access)
vSEC:CMS Managed


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