I forgot to mention one thing, and someone's mail to me reminded me:
We discussed non-reusable password schemes. There was a "wish list" item
mentioned asking that the price of tokens come down. In the discussion
that followed, it was pointed out that
- $50 -- $60 is not really a lot of money per person. Yes, for
1000 people it is a large chunk of change, but it is an
insignificant percentage of any individual's base cost to a
company (including salary, benefits, admin support, phone
support, hardware, stationery, etc.). The cost of a token
is about the same as 2 boxes of transparencies. So, it is
not really a money issues; it is an organizational issue.
It is a new budget item and the problem is finding a spot for
it on a cost center's budget.
- Most token vendors probably cannot nlower the cost very much
and make any money on them. Maybe these companies have to
sell other products that are larger money makers in order to
be able to lower the price of the tokens.
- You cannot beat free and S/Key is free.