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Smart card technology for deploying a secure information management framework

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The continuously increasing need for de-centralized information systems offering data to the people who need them irrespective of their physical location, as well as the requirement for exchanging information between different but interoperable systems, make the system's architectural and functional design more complex and in many cases extremely vulnerable in respect to its security attributes. The concept of a "secure portable information file", that can nowadays be easily implemented through the available smart card technology, can significantly ease information management and ensure maximum data protection in respect to their integrity, confidentiality and availability. This paper presents the use of smart cards in an educational environment as a case-study example for demonstrating the above mentioned benefits, focussing on the utilization of the smart card's cryptographic functions for implementing mechanisms capable of providing an extremely secure operational framework in terms of user and application provider authenticity, management of access privileges and data integrity and confidentiality.

Keywords: Certification; Data Security; Education; Smart Cards; Validation

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: April 1, 2000


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