Gemalto and McAfee, Inc. introduce simple two-factor authentication for full disk encryption

Gemalto and McAfee, Inc. introduce simple two-factor authentication for full disk encryption

AUSTIN, Texas and SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 12, 2008–Gemalto and McAfee (NYSE: MFE) announced today a new integrated solution that enables PC and laptop users secure and convenient access to fully encrypted disks through strong, secure, hardware-based, two factor authentication. Both the Gemalto .NET smart card and their Smart Enterprise Guardian (SEG) digital security device have been tested and validated for compatibility with the McAfee® Endpoint Encryption solution and McAfee Total Protection for Data. Now users of these McAfee products can leverage Gemalto smart cards and security tokens to authenticate themselves to their encrypted devices.

“By working with Gemalto, we are able to offer an interoperable security solution that provides peace of mind to organizations,” said Frank Jorissen, vice president international business development with McAfee’s Data Protection Business Unit. “McAfee Endpoint Encryption, with its industry leading encryption, coupled with Gemalto’s .NET devices, guarantees that sensitive data, whether in transition or within the company, is secure. The integrated solution protects organizations from data security access breaches that result in costly disclosure events, lost revenue and damaged brands.”

McAfee Endpoint Encryption (formerly SafeBoot® Device Encryption) includes full disk encryption to ensure security of information stored on desktops, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices. The encryption is transparent to the user and performed “on the fly” so it does not affect user productivity. Security administrators can set a system to prompt for authentication before it even starts booting to protect against possible attacks on the operating system, or just before it is finished booting. Users must insert their Gemalto digital security device and enter a passphrase or PIN before being authorized to access the system data. This procedure provides the highest levels of security that only two-factor authentication can provide.

In addition, management of McAfee Endpoint Encryption can be centralized, enabling demonstration of compliance with data privacy legislation as well as internal and external security mandates. The integrated solution from Gemalto and McAfee makes it easy to adopt data security measures for organizations and the end user, and reduces the potential risk posed by employees not adhering to data security policies.

“Full disk encryption that requires authentication with an external intelligent device before even loading the operating system is an extremely secure solution,” said Jerome Denis, Identity and Access Management director at Gemalto. “By working with McAfee’s partner program, we make it straightforward for any individual or organization to implement the highest levels of digital security.”

Partnering Essential for Complete Encryption Solutions
Since 2006, McAfee Data Protection (formerly SafeBoot) encryption solutions have been compatibility tested with leading smart card and token vendors. The strong authentication capabilities provided by these partners have been a natural complement to the strong encryption and key management solutions provided by McAfee. These Data Protection partners will become part of the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance as McAfee merges its technology partnering programs.

With more than five million users, McAfee Data Protection’s highly scalable enterprise solutions are Common Criteria EAL4 and FIPS 140-1 and 140-2 certified, ensuring that they employ strong encryption and secure key management. McAfee is the data protection and access control solution of choice for more than 4,200 organizations in 76 countries, including banks, insurance companies, consultancy firms, governmental bodies and health care organizations.

About McAfee, Inc.

McAfee, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. It delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that secure systems and networks around the world, allowing users to browse and shop the Web securely. With its unmatched security expertise and commitment to innovation, McAfee empowers home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by enabling them to comply with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities and continuously monitor and improve their security.

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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McAfee, Inc
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