ActivCard, a provider of IDentity Management (IDM) software, has
debuted three new versions of its smart card-based authentication and
digital signature solution: ActivCard Gold for Linux, ActivCard Gold
for Mac OS X and ActivCard Gold for the SolarisTM Operating System
(Solaris OS). The solutions offer
secure smart card technology for secure login, secure remote access,
secure Web, secure email signing and encryption.
The solutions allow organizations to confirm and validate user identity
with the authentication capability of ActivCard Gold from any computing
system in the enterprise operating on the four most prominent
platforms. By extending support of its technology to Linux, Mac OS X
and Solaris OS, ActivCard extends the
breadth of supported platforms to address the security threats that
exist within a heterogeneous enterprise.
"With 2.5 million licenses sold to date, ActivCard Gold has set the bar
on smart card middleware quality with high performance, proven
security, ease of deployment and management," said Steven Humphreys,
ActivCard chief executive officer. "Completing a comprehensive suite of
commercially available smart card middleware for any major PC or
workstation platform further establishes ActivCard as a leader in
identity management solutions."
The multi-platform ActivCard Gold capability meets the requirements of
the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and its new Common Access Card
(CAC), which uses the ActivCard Gold for Windows. The DoD had put forth
a directive for promptly implementing an integrated public key
infrastructure solution. The smart card solution the DoD selected,
along with ActivCard Gold solution, meets the requirements for identity
management, secure email and CAC smart card functionality that apply
universally across all desktops and servers.
"IT buyers using tokens and smart card systems are reaping more than
$72 in labor savings per [user] account, each year," said Jim Hurley,
VP of security and privacy at Aberdeen Group. "For an enterprise with
500 accounts this translates into more than $36,000 per year, and with
5,000 accounts the savings is more than $360,000 per year."
Solaris OS and the growth of Linux servers represent the fundamental
elements within the enterprise data center. ActivCard smart card-based
two-factor authentication augments security for users and
administrators accessing those systems where the most sensitive and
valuable resources of the organization are housed. Solaris OS, Linux,
and Mac OS X, present a relatively untapped market in terms of securing
network vulnerabilities, validating user identity, and preventing
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