Gemalto Adds Strong Identity Protection Support to Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Gemalto Adds Strong Identity Protection Support to Microsoft Windows Server 2008

MICROSOFT “HEROES HAPPEN HERE” LAUNCH EVENT, Los Angeles, February 27, 2008–Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, and Microsoft are demonstrating the only .NET smart card technology with support built into Microsoft Windows Server 2008. Gemalto also announced its immediate support for Windows Server 2008 with its Strong Authentication Server and family of two-factor security devices.

These solutions strengthen Windows Server 2008 security for enterprises. They help protect digital identities, secure data and applications, and address the security risks of user names and static passwords.

“Microsoft is pleased to be working with Gemalto to expand the offerings for customers of Windows Server 2008,” said Ward Ralston, group technical product manager for Windows Server Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “Our industry partners play an essential role in ensuring that our customers have the best technology foundation available, and the .NET smart card helps deliver valuable new functionality to our joint customers.”

A smart card closely ties PKI certificates to individuals and provides a second factor of authentication in a convenient form that its owner can take and use anywhere. Smart cards also enhance policy driven security, a key strategy for companies combating IT security threats and conveniently meeting regulatory requirements. Smart cards can, for example, enable enterprises to grant individuals more levels of access when the card is present than when it is not.

Another feature is the built-in support of Gemalto .NET smart cards to the Windows platform. This integration allows the cards to work seamlessly with Microsoft’s Terminal Services, Active Directory Domain Services, Active Directory Federation Services, Active Directory Certificate Services, smart card login and the powerful new virtualization features, while eliminating the need for middleware integration.

“One of the most exciting aspects of Windows Server 2008 is the way virtualization will work, and how Gemalto can play a vital role to strengthen its security,” said Marvin Tansley, director of network and identity systems alliances for Gemalto. “Virtualization will significantly increase the number of internal and Web applications requiring secure access. Gemalto helps ensure that the convenience of single logons to multiple applications is not misused or compromised.”

Gemalto’s security devices available for immediate use with Windows Server 2008 range from one-time password (OTP) tokens to its latest innovation, the Smart Enterprise Guardian (SEG). The SEG is a joint development with Lexar that provides up to two GB of smart card protected data storage and Gemalto .NET for strong authentication and digital signature all in one USB device.

More information about Gemalto .NET for Windows Server 2008 is available at

About Gemalto

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.
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Deb Montner
Montner & Associates