Phoenix and SafeNet Partner

Tuesday 23 March 2004 10:45 CET | News

Phoenix Technologies has entered a strategic partnership with SafeNet to provide secure authentication for usersand devices connecting to a network through a VPN.

Phoenix cME TrustConnector will be integrated with SafeNets government-standard VPN client, HighAssurance Remote, to provide hardened authentication mechanisms that allow only trusted devices onto the network. TrustConnector will bind user credentials to the device, thereby enabling device level authentication. With Phoenix cME TrustConnector, digital credentials are built into the core of the machine, so they cannot be transferred to another machine. When a user tries to connect to the network through a VPN, the machine must present its credentials, which identify the specific user and the specific device as if they were a single unit. Even if the credentials are stolen and used on a different device, network access will be denied. This delivers a significantly increased level of assurance -- ideal network protection against external and internal threats. Licensed by the Department of Defense for government-wide use, HighAssurance Remote provides high assurance VPN capabilities to desktops and portable computers for all versions of Microsoft Windows including XP, enabling secure client-to-client or client-to-gateway communications over wireless LANs, TCP/IP networks, and dial-up connections. This enhanced client software product offers unparalleled extended features to remote access users connecting to the corporate VPN, protecting the user from growing hazards posed by hackers wielding tools like Trojan horses, spyware, and other malicious code. Phoenix cME TrustConnector further improves the effectiveness of existing security infrastructure by incorporating device profile and validation or authentication to applications such as anti-virus, VPN, and Authentication, Authorization and Administration (AAA) products. It also co-exists with the entire Phoenix portfolio of trusted computing products to create a built-in chain of trust that includes anti-virus protection, data recovery, system recovery, and more. Phoenix has extended its concept of a chain of trust directly into the Windows operating system through TrustConnector. This is a universal CSP (cryptographic service provider) component for Windows machines that incorporates native platform sensing technology to examine the unique hardware fingerprint of every x86 system and to activate the highest trust level possible for that system within the context of enterprise or personal security policy. Phoenix cME TrustConnector will turn Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)-based policy enforcement features of common software applications and network infrastructure products into policy enforcement mechanisms securely anchored to specific devices.

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