A Virtual Smart Card (VSC) enables two-factor authentication (2FA) on a user’s device without making use of extra hardware, such as smart card readers and USB tokens. VSCs are excellent for protecting companies’ IT systems from external threats such as hacking and other unauthorized access from external devices.
This technology revolves around the use of the Trusted Platform Modlue (TPM): this is hardware that comes pre-installed in any modern computer. For users with Windows 7 onwards, VSCs can be created and the key is cyptographically-secured in the TPM. By making user of VScs, IT administrators see a significant cost saving in regards to hardwre cost, but also see a much faster deployment – which enables what we at Versasec call the Just-In-Time Smart Card (JIT).
Versasec has been working with VSCs for a long time, collaborating with partners as experts in the technology.