Giesecke & Devrient Provides Multi-Factor Authentication Based on Smart Card Technology for Oracle Extended Identity Management Ecosystem

Giesecke & Devrient Provides Multi-Factor Authentication Based on Smart Card Technology for Oracle Extended Identity Management Ecosystem

Munich, Germany, June 23rd, 2006–Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), the world’s second largest smart card maker and member of the Oracle® PartnerNetwork today announced that its multi-factor authentication services on smart card technology will support Oracle Identity Management. Outfitted with a PIN and a smart card or token from the G&D StarSign® product line, employees can present unique user credentials to Oracle Identity Management. This method (card and PIN) is called dual-factor authentication, and is far more secure than conventional user name/password systems. Oracle presented its ecosystem framework at the Burton Group’s Catalyst Conference held last week in San Francisco. This event is known throughout the world as a venue where technological leaders announce new, cutting-edge technologies.

The Oracle Extended Identity Management Ecosystem and Reference Architecture serves as a unifying framework to span the siloed security systems that have evolved at many organizations. It enables multi-vendor technologies to seamlessly interconnect existing physical access control solutions with the systems governing access to enterprise software programs, applications and networks. This helps improve security, streamlines system management and cuts administrative and customer service costs.

The joint solution, can integrate various customer applications–including access control systems–without any customization. To manage access rights, the software relies on smart cards or tokens bearing unique user certificates. If the user certificate matches the access rights stored in the user database, Oracle Identity Management will allow the user to access the underlying applications. In addition to cards/tokens and PINs, biometric authentication methods such as fingerprint identification can be used to ratchet up security even more (multi-factor authentication).

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About Giesecke & Devrient:

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), based in Munich, Germany, is an international technology group operating subsidiaries and joint ventures throughout the world. Founded in Leipzig in 1852, G&D began as a printer of securities, and later specialized in banknote production. The company has been developing solutions and complete systems for automatic currency processing since 1970. Today, G&D is also a technology leader in smart cards, and a solutions provider in a wide range of fields, including telecommunications, electronic payments, identification, health, transportation, and IT security (PKI). In fiscal 2005, the Group employed more than 7,500 people and generated a revenue of €1.24 billion. For more information, visit our Web site at