Envoy Data Adds Gemalto’s On-Demand Smart Card Admin Service to its Lineup
RSA CONFERENCE 2008, SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2008–Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is making it easy for small and medium size businesses (SMBs) to implement smart card network security with a new Web-based Device Administration Service (DAS). Now Envoy Data Corporation will offer Gemalto’s comprehensive service through its network of IT security specialized VARs.
“Demand for smart card security clearly exists in SMBs, but until now the available card management solutions were overkill,” said Jeff Ciraulo, vice president marketing for Envoy Data. “Gemalto solved the problem by introducing a subscription-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that gives SMBs everything they need. They did a truly innovative job of coming up with the right set of capabilities tailored to meet the needs of smaller organizations and our joint channel partners.”
Gemalto’s DAS enables IT administrators to issue and manage the new Smart Enterprise Guardian (SEG) or any other Gemalto .NET device in the Protiva family. An intuitive end-user portal is included with DAS that lets users service themselves for routine tasks such as unblocking locked cards, changing PIN codes or even placing digital certificates on their devices themselves.
Since Gemalto hosts the service, no large investment in card management hardware and software is required.
“Our goal with DAS is to provide a turnkey solution with everything you need to deploy and manage two-factor authentication using a simple Internet browser interface,” said Francois Lasnier, vice president and general manager, security, for Gemalto North America. “We made it easy to do day-to-day tasks and simplified the supply chain to speed up deployment. For example, a small business or a channel partner can safely keep blank devices in inventory, and then activate and deploy them in real-time when needed.”
Gemalto’s .NET cards or USB tokens use an on-board microprocessor and software to secure logins to desktops or networks. They act as a “second factor” for authentication when logging in to desktops or networks. These secure personal devices protect organizations and individuals from the risks of stolen passwords from phishing, keyboard logging or just carelessness. The cards and secure USB dongles can also be used to encrypt email, or digitally sign emails or electronic documents. And the latest Gemalto SEG USB device also features PIN protected Flash memory and hard disk encryption capabilities.
Established in 1993, Envoy Data Corporation is a smart card and PCMCIA technical distributor with customers in the government, military, financial, medical and aerospace sectors. Envoy works with a group of specialized VAR partners with expertise in IT security. The company offers channel partners and their end user customers inside/outside sales support, a full technical support staff and a range of professional services.
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the leader in digital security with pro forma 2007 annual revenues of over €1.6 billion, more than 85 offices in 40 countries and about 10,000 employees including 1,300 R&D engineers.
In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our lives, Gemalto’s solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable. Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the development of software applications through design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports and tokens to the deployment of managed services for its customers.
More than a billion people worldwide use the company’s products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications. As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.
Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus.
For more information, please visit http://www.gemalto.com.