HID on the Desktop Security Overview

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Executive Summary

HID on the Desktop (HOTD) is a suite of solutions designed to strengthen the overall security of a desktop log-on by using Two-Factor Authentication, combining something the user has (their ID card), and something that the user knows (the PIN associated with that card) as a substitute for the username/password that is usually used. This paper describes some of the risks and issues associated with password-based authentication, and explains how they can be mitigated using HID on the Desktop.

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