Gemalto Simplifies Strong Authentication Solution Deployment

Gemalto Simplifies Strong Authentication Solution Deployment

New feature provides quicker and easier deployment by simplifying the administration of secure remote access for enterprises.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Arlington, VA, Aug 7, 2007–Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announced Live Provisioning, a feature within the Protiva strong authentication solution that enables enterprise security managers quickly and easily deploy new strong authentication devices or re-use existing ones. This comprehensive solution provides enterprises with a safe and simple way to secure remote access to networks, applications and documents.

“Information security managers can now set up strong authentication tokens themselves, making contactless live provisioning an industry first,” said Cedric Collomb, senior vice president, identity and access management, Gemalto. “We continue to add capabilities to our solution that give our enterprise clients and channel partners more flexibility and control so they can respond faster to end-user security needs.”

Live Provisioning, offered with the Customer Care Portal, is a new Web-based capability to automatically create all of the information needed to set up and use a strong authentication device with the Protiva Strong Authentication Server. The system includes a Gemalto contactless reader used to securely communicate with the smart card-based strong authentication device. Live Provisioning also generates the device ID, creates the device record, adds it to the data server and then transfers the information to the device, updating the backend user database. With these tools, security administrators can now manage the entire lifecycle of a digital security device more conveniently and productively.

Gemalto’s digital security devices and systems are available through Gemalto’s network of value added resellers. Protiva 335, the first strong authentication device compatible with Live Provisioning, is immediately available.

“Based on our extensive experience, I can see many ways Live Provisioning will benefit Gemalto’s channel partners,” said Sadik Al-Abdulla, security solutions manager for Berbee, a CDW company and a leading IT solutions provider. “Delivery is faster, since inventories of strong authentication devices can be maintained and shipped immediately without waiting for complex security customization. It will also simplify inventory management and reduce carrying costs, because devices in inventory can go to any client. And security administrators will certainly appreciate the flexibility and capability to manage their day-to-day operations more efficiently. As one example, Live Provisioning will simplify managing tempora ry tokens for contractors, since they can now be easily recycled.”

About Gemalto Protiva Strong Authentication Solution

Gemalto’s Protiva Strong Authentication Solution is a network authentication platform that protects identities and enterprise information systems against phishing attacks, key logging, shoulder surfing and stolen passwords. It is a comprehensive, end-to-end system solution that enables small to medium organizations to implement strong authentication using their existing network infrastructure. Protiva features a broad range of interoperable personal security devices that use smart card technology for OTP and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificate authentication and are available in card and USB token form factors. A browser plug-in and server applications for authentication, Web-based customer care and user self-service are all part of the system. Protiva is compatible with the Open Authentication (OATH) specification for OTP and integrates seamlessly with existing ar chitectures that use AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting), RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In Server) and Web application servers. It runs under Windows® 2000, Windows Server™ 2003, Windows XP and Linux operating systems and can be deployed with Citrix Access Suite™ to protect VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) with smart card-based strong authentication.

About the Gemalto Customer Care Portal

The Gemalto Customer Care Portal, a module of the Protiva Authentication Server, is a feature-rich Web application to manage One-Time Password (OTP) devices for secure network access. It includes a batch tool that enables administrators to create multiple device records and activate multiple users at one time, which is especially useful when setting up a new system. It also adds a rich set of other administrative functions for managing users and their access privileges as well as smart card and OTP security devices. A customizable, self-service Web portal allows individuals to manage routine tasks themselves, such as PIN resets. Self-service lowers support costs and increases convenience for users.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is a leader in digital security with pro forma 2006 annual revenues of €1.7 billion, operations in about 100 countries and over 10,000 employees including 1,500 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 management of deployment 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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