SC Magazine Names Gemalto ‘Innovator’ for 2009

SC Magazine Names Gemalto ‘Innovator’ for 2009

World’s first PIN-protected USB memory stick secured by smart card technology

Austin, TX, December 14, 2009–Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, has been given the distinction of “Innovator 2009” by leading IT security publication SC Magazine. Gemalto was recognized in the Multi-Factor Authentication category for its portfolio of authentication products including the recently launched Protiva™ Smart Guardian (SG)–a smart card-based USB flash storage protected by military-grade encryption, and a PIN or passphrase for access.

“We witnessed the evolution of many security products in 2009,” said Illena Armstrong, editor-in-chief of SC Magazine.” The innovators we’ve selected for our year-end Reboot issue make up an elite group of companies that have shown a commitment to provide products that meet security challenges of digital enterprise environments, not only for today’s needs, but for future challenges as well.”

The Smart Guardian, Gemalto newest innovation within the Protiva product portfolio, is the first PIN-protected USB device that combines proven smart card technology from Gemalto with secure flash data storage. The device is plug-and-play on both Windows® and Mac OS® and comes with the built-in option to enable always-on McAfee anti-malware and anti-virus software. Attempts to tamper with the device are detectable and intrusion attempts will cause the token to zero-out its contents.

“Portable data security is a top concern of our enterprise and SME customers,” said François Lasnier, vice president and general manager, Identity and Access Management Business Unit, Gemalto North America. This recognition from SC Magazine validates our ongoing efforts to lead the industry by providing innovative products promoting strong security while ensuring convenient, easy-to-use products.

Gemalto’s Protiva product portfolio provides a broad range of interoperable personal security devices including one time password (OTP) tokens, smart cards and secure USB devices. This portfolio is designed to provide enterprise customers with a full range of authentication solutions and management tools including browser plug-ins and server applications for authentication, Web-based customer care and user self-service.

For more information on the Smart Guardian, please visit More on the complete Protiva line of products can be found at

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2008 annual revenues of €1.68 billion, and 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 40 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work–anytime, anywhere–has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM), Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

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.

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Deb Montner
Montner & Associates
Montner & Associates Tech PR Agency