|Tokens and smartcards / Components|
On the Windows operating system level, PC/SC-compatible card readers are supported. The PC/SC interface regulates the communication between computer and smartcard. Many of these card readers are already part of the Windows installation. Smartcards require PKCS#11 compatible smartcard drivers if they are to be supported by SafeGuard Enterprise.
SafeGuard Power-on Authentication
With SafeGuard Power-on Authentication, the PC/SC interface is supported which regulates the communication between PC and smartcard. The supported smartcard drivers are a fixed implementation and users may not add other drivers. The appropriate smartcard drivers have to be enabled by means of a policy in SafeGuard Enterprise.
The interface for smartcard readers is standardized and many card readers have a USB interface or an ExpressCard/54 interface and implement the CCID standard. In SafeGuard Enterprise, this is a prerequisite to be supported with SafeGuard Power-on Authentication. Plus, on the driver side, the PKCS#11 module has to be supported.