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CSCIP Body of Knowledge

Smart Card Fundamentals

  • Basic smart card components, structure, functions
  • IC types (memory, protected memory, microcontroller, RF)
  • Card design and card body
  • Formats (card, USB token, SIM, embedded, other)
  • Communications interfaces (contact, contactless, dual interface)
  • Memory size and types
  • Operating systems (native, Java, Multos, other)
  • Smart card system design features
  • Manufacturing process
  • Readers (POS, PC, access control)
  • Relevant smart card standards
  • Smart cards and biometrics
  • Specifications


  • Certifications (FIPS, Common Criteria)
  • IC level (anti-tampering, masking)
  • Card edge interface
  • Encryption algorithms
  • Security at system level
  • Physical
  • Logical

Smart Card Application and Data Management

  • Single application cards
  • Multi-application cards
  • Chip initialization
  • Key management (symmetric, asymmetric)
  • Issuance
  • Card life cycle management
  • Relevant standards

Smart Card Usage Models: Mobile and Near Field Communication

  • Smart card drivers and benefits
  • SIMs
  • UICCs
  • Near Field Communication
  • Sample smart card mobile and subscriber models

Smart Card Usage Models: Identity and Security

  • Smart card drivers and benefits
  • Identity cards and tokens
  • ePassports
  • Physical/logical access
  • Smart cards and biometrics
  • Smart cards and digital certificates
  • Sample smart card identity and security models
  • Relevant standards
  • Identity and security application examples
  • Privacy

Smart Card Usage Models: Payments and Financial Transactions

  • Smart card drivers and benefits
  • Bank cards (credit, debit, prepaid, ATM)
  • EMV credit/debit payment
  • Contactless payments
  • Mobile/NFC payments
  • Secure remote transactions for online banking/retail e-commerce
  • E-purse, stored value cards (open and closed loop)
  • Transit payment
  • Parking payment
  • Sample smart card payment models
  • Relevant standards

Other Topics: Technology Comparison and Implementation Considerations

  • Contactless smart cards vs. RFID
  • Other card technologies
  • Project management considerations