Booting from Smart Card based Secure USB Tokens

G. Lutostanski and A.M. Ali (USA)


USB tokens, Bootable tokens, Smart card, Portable kiosk, Secure systems.


Due to the proliferation of computer malware, and the resulting theft of confidential data, users and system administrators are getting increasing security conscious. While precautionary measures such as installation of anti-virus agents on host computers, and recommended security protocols such as TLS for online transactions, offer good solutions, they may not be adequate in all scenarios. This paper outlines some of these scenarios and offers an architecture to create a portable, secure, self contained and comprehensive work environment by using a smart card based secure USB token. By providing boot capability, the secure USB token allows users to carry the complete operating system, applications, and confidential data in a single portable device that can be used securely on any PC.

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