Identity is quickly becoming both a key asset and liability as
the global marketplace becomes more accessible through technological
innovation. Whether regarding personal or professional business,
people leverage their identity to conduct transactions, access privileges,
and obtain information.
To access these rights, we use credentials to prove our identity.
Credentials in turn become the concern of all entities through which
transactions, privilege granting, and information occur. These entities
include governments, law enforcement agencies, businesses, associations
and individuals, who have the added responsibility of enhancing
security, reducing identity theft, and protecting personal privacy.
Therefore, in order to conduct business and create the right circumstances
for a safe and secure environment, these entities must be able to
validate an identity by answering these questions: is the credential
authentic and is the person holding that credential uniquely tied
to and authorized to use that credential? Often these credentials come in the form of smart card access control
technology. A smart card is a plastic device, about the size of
a credit card that has a built-in computer chip that is typically
used to store personal information, hold digital cash or prove identity.
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