macOS Smart Card Overview

Apple devices all come with built-in security features that make them a logical choice for any security-conscious organization. However, government and financial sectors often need more than what Apple offers out of the box.

To accommodate these organizations, Smart cards can be leveraged as an extra layer of security authentication on Mac.

In this paper, we explain the history of Smart card usage with Apple and provide guidance on the best methods for managing and reporting on Smart cards for Apple devices.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Create local user accounts to support Smart cards
  • Support Active Directory binding natively or through additional tools
  • Create configuration profiles to centrally manage and enforce Smart card services
  • Leverage extension attributes to report on various Mac settings, including Smart cards
  • Troubleshoot steps if an issue should arise
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