How to Support Smart Card Logon for Remote Access VPN Connections

image User name and password solutions are termed single-factor because you only use something that you know to access the network. Multi-factor authentication systems overcome the issues of single-factor authentication by a combination of requirements, including:

  • Something the user knows, such as a password or personal identification number (PIN).

  • Something the user has, such as a hardware token or smart card.

  • Something the user is, such as a fingerprint or retina scan.

Smart cards and their associated PINs are an increasingly popular, reliable, and cost-effective form of two-factor authentication. Users must have their smart cards and know the PINs to gain access to network resources. The two-factor requirement significantly reduces the likelihood of unauthorized access to your organization’s network.

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Thomas W Shinder, M.D., MCSE
Sr. Consultant / Technical Writer

Prowess Consulting

PROWESS CONSULTING | Microsoft Forefront Security Specialist
Email: [email protected]
MVP – Forefront Edge Security (ISA/TMG/IAG)

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