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Windows Server® 2008 PKI and Certificate Security by Brian Komar

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Planning Smart Card Deployment

Planning a smart card deployment involves several interrelated steps, including:

  • Determining the assurance level required for smart card issuance. A smart card increases protection for a certificate’s private key. To compromise a smart card’s private key, an attacker must obtain the smart card and know the associated PIN. As added protection, a smart card blocks access to the smart card’s private key(s) after a designated number of PIN failures. The private key can be accessed only after the smart card is unlocked by using the smart card’s administrative key or administrative PIN. You can increase the security of the smart card distribution by requiring face-to-face interviews during enrollment. This requires the ...

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