Entrust Deliver Comprehensive Security for the Microsoft Windows Environment

Tuesday 21 September 2004 15:08 CET | News

Entrust together with market-leading strong authentication Entrust Ready Partners including ActivCard, AET Europe, Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Axalto, Datakey, Monet+, SafeNet and Siemens, made available a comprehensive security solution for the Microsoft Windows platform and associated applications.

This solution will help enable organizations to strongly authenticate their users with the confidence of a hardware form factor. However, unlike most proprietary token technology, it will also allow customers to add security capabilities beyond authentication for applications such as secure e-mail or file encryption. This solution provides customers with a broad set of application security capabilities, all from a single solution. The solution is based on the tight integration between Entrust Entelligence Security Provider and the smart card offerings of a number of Entrust-Ready Partners. Entrust Entelligence Security Provider is a thin-client application that can be quickly and easily deployed to secure applications on the desktop. Tightly integrated with the Microsoft Windows platform, it is the first PKI-based product to receive Microsofts Gold Certified Product status. This integration allows Entrust Entelligence Security Provider to deliver out-of-the-box authentication, encryption and digital signature capabilities to security-aware applications. When used in conjunction with smart cards, Entrust Entelligence Security Provider delivers both increased security and flexibility. Strong, hardware-based authentication for Windows login, remote access and other applications is delivered through a users Digital ID stored on the smart card. Applications that require additional security capabilities to, for example, encrypt their data or embed a digital signature can leverage this same Digital ID on the hardware device. Thus, applications like e-mail or electronic forms can be secured using this same solution without additional software or hardware. This is in contrast to many token-based solutions that can be solely used with applications that require authentication only. The smart card form factor also allows the solution to be extended to meet other physical security requirements including building access via an integrated physical and logical card.

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