Reinventing Smart Cards for the Modern Agile, Connected Enterprise

  • LANGUAGE: English DATE: Thursday, November 03, 2016 TIME: 4:00pm CET, 10:00am EDT, 7:00am PDT
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Reinventing Smart Cards for the Modern Agile, Connected Enterprise

Smart cards have been a key part of any IT department’s security and identity management toolkit for over two decades. They are widely used for such operations like two-factor authentication, digital signatures, data encryption or single sign-on. Smart cards are an integral part of every enterprises’ Public Key Infrastructure.

A lot has changed in the IT industry in the latest years, with the growing adoption of cloud services and overwhelming proliferation of mobile devices driving the digital transformation of many industries. Businesses must become increasingly agile to be able to adapt to new market demands, constant technological innovations and, of course, new device platforms. And yet, PKIs and smart cards aren’t going anywhere soon.

Thanks to the maturity and highly standardized nature of public key infrastructures (and a large number of legacy business applications tied into them), enterprise IT departments continue to rely on the proven technology, but they are feeling an increasing pressure from businesses to modernize the existing processes, support new device platforms, deliver better user experience and, last but not least, reduce the costs and administration efforts needed to manage and support the whole lifecycle of traditional hardware smart cards.

One radical approach to address these needs is to replace physical smart cards with a software-based technology. Software smart cards allow PKI to be implemented in a much more flexible way without costly hardware and logistics. However, finding the right balance between security and convenience is a tough challenge for a vendor.

In this KuppingerCole webinar we are going to talk about:

  • New risks and challenges associated with the digital transformation of businesses;
  • Complexities of traditional smart card lifecycle management;
  • Software-based smart card alternatives – their advantages and possible challenges;
  • Strong security of a smart card or convenience of a software token? Why not both?

In the first part of this webinar, Alexei Balaganski, Lead Analyst at KuppingerCole, will provide an overview of the challenges modern, increasingly open and interconnected enterprises are facing when trying to maintain their traditional smartcard infrastructures and will talk about possible ways to make smartcards more secure, easier to use and to reduce management costs dramatically.

In the second part, Michael Elychev, Product Manager at Indeed Identity, will talk about practical approaches to address these challenges and present the Indeed AirKey Enterprise solution - a completely software-based smart card implementation that can complement or replace traditional physical cards.


Alexei is an analyst with specific focus on cybersecurity. His deep technical understanding allows him to support customers even with complex architectural and security challenges. Previously he has served as KuppingerCole's CTO. After graduating with an MSc degree in Mathematics and...

My experience includes software quality assurance, presale engineering and technical consulting and software product management. In overall more then 10 yeas experience in the IT industry. Education: Engineer's degree in Computer Software Engineering from Novgorod State University named after...

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Indeed Identity is a European IT security vendor with headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania. We offer cutting-edge products to enhance enterprise information security. Our competence, in-depth expertise and passion for modern technologies help us bring cybersecurity evolution to world-leading companies. We strongly believe that efficient IT security solutions should be accessible to every organization and that they should be considered as an investment not an expense. Indeed Identity has a global partnership network delivering authentication and comprehensive access management, privileged access management and PKI management products worldwide.

Our mission is to make resilient IT security possible for companies across the world.

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