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Smart Cards: The Developer's Toolkit by Scott B. Guthery, Timothy M. Jurgensen

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Chapter 11. Current Trends and Future Directions

The Frontier of IT Networks

A smart card is a tiny outpost on the frontier of an IT network. It provides a secure place to store information and a secure platform for performing a modest amount of processing. It is able to sense and record what happens out there and communicate in a secure manner back to other nodes of the network. And, on its own, it can enable or disable functionality at its point of use based on policies installed by its issuer.

The success of smart cards in the GSM network has been based on their use as authentication tokens, but their value is by no means limited to this application. Indeed, even in the GSM network, the value of a secure computing platform at the edge of the ...

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