The benefits of a converged logical and physical access solution
A Datamonitor white paper prepared for
Publication Date: November 2004
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The ROI case for secure access
This Datamonitor white paper illustrates the return on investment (ROI) argument for investment in secure access smart card-based solutions in the enterprise. The paper focuses on the ROI benefits of smart cards for both authenticating users to IT networks and systems (logical access) and controlling access to facilities (physical access), with a further assessment of converged solutions that combine the two. Datamonitor’s analysis is supported by a recent survey of 53 enterprises in North America, which assesses the real and potential cost savings that can be realized from smart card deployments.
The importance of strong authentication
The ability to verify a user’s identity, typically referred to as authentication, has become an essential basis for trust in business relationships. Authentication establishes trust by proving the identity of a participant in any communication, or in the case of conducting electronic business, any transaction. Simply put, authentication solutions within the enterprise environment are designed to ensure that a person is who he/she claims to be. Authentication solutions are typically used as the basis for critical