Gemalto’s Three-In-One Solution Combines One Time Password, Digital Identification and Secure Data Storage

Gemalto’s Three-In-One Solution Combines One Time Password, Digital Identification and Secure Data Storage

ARLINGTON, VA, MAY 9, 2007–Gemalto North America’s Protiva Secure Digital Companion (SDC) is a USB flash memory device that is the first solution on the market to combine one time password (OTP), secure storage and digital certificate credentials in one device, increasing efficiency, convenience and security for users. SDC is aimed at enterprises whose employees require secure remote access from any location and need to protect their portable data. Gemalto’s latest innovation further extends its Protiva™ strong authentication platform, an end-to-end solution that includes an authentication server, client software and a family of interoperable digital security devices.

“Secure Digital Companion is an ‘all-in-one’ solution that can replace the need to carry several different devices today,” said Francois Lasnier, vice president and general manager, security, for Gemalto North America. “You can use the OTP capability to securely log in to information systems from your home or on the road, sign and encrypt documents using the onboard certificates, and encrypt and protect information you need carry with you. The device can also support mutual authentication with PKI certificates, enabling a smooth transition from OTP to PKI as the environment dictates.”

When used with the Protiva system, SDC can provide OTP strong authentication based on a standard developed by the Open Authentication Initiative (OATH). Protiva SDC also can be used with Citrix Access Suite™ for strong authentication and secure VPN access, and is compatible with Windows® 2000, Windows Server™ 2003 and Windows XP.

Data encryption is set up and operates automatically on the SDC. The encrypted data is protected by a user defined Personal Identification Number (PIN), making it very easy to use, minimizing IT support and reducing total cost of ownership for enterprises.

Gemalto’s SDC uses Utimaco SafeGuard® PrivateDisk, a flexible software-based encryption technology, to protect data stored on the device. Additional options available are SafeGuard® PrivateDisk Personal or Enterprise edition to protect files and documents stored on the user’s PC, removable media and network file servers. Support from the Microsoft Management Console makes administration easy and adaptable to a broad range of security policies.

SDC and the Protiva system are available through Gemalto’s network of value added resellers.


Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is a leader in digital security with pro forma 2006 annual revenues of 1.7 billion euros, 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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Deb Montner
Montner & Associates