Avocent Corp., a provider of IT operations management, announced it has expanded its support for Smart Card/Common Access Card (CAC) technology for both desktop and the data center environments. This technology helps U.S. federal agencies and contractors comply with HSPD 12, which mandates a common identification process for employees for security reasons.
In the data center, Avocent’s DSView 3 Management Software and DSR switch appliances now support Smart Card/CAC reader technology. These systems track who has access to which IT systems and data, and dictates who has control of data center management capabilities inside government systems and facilities. This technology enables Smart Card/CAC readers to be located away from the data center but still allows for secure connectivity to data center assets.
At the desktop, Avocent’s SwitchView SC switch line is validated by the National Information Assurance Partnership Common Criteria to EAL 4+ and incorporates additional security features to ensure data protection in the secure environment without limiting the user experience. These features ensure users, such as security analysts, can use just one console to safely access data stored on multiple computers – each operating at different levels of classification, saving time and reducing complexity. All Avocent Smart Card/CAC enabled products support the USB Chip/Smart integrated Circuit(s) Cards Interface Device (CCID) specification.