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Tuesday 10 April 2001

Card Select to Launch Loyalty Platform for Credit Cards

CardSelect International has announced that it is to offer its credit card and loyalty card system for integration into a bank's services, enabling card issuers to offer credit cards with multiple loyalty programs to their customers.

This new technology platform will allow consumers to select the merchant reward programs they use most often and link them either online or offline to their financial transaction card of choice. The company can tailor the program to work in either magnetic stripe or Smart Card environments.

CardSelect will be exhibiting at the CardTech/SecurTech 2001 in Las Vegas from May 14-17.

Contact: Alex Goldsleger, Vice President, CardSelect International
Tel: +1 610 469 2236
Holger Mackenthun, President, CardSelect International
Tel: +1 610 648 3801
Web site:


Securify Announces Qualification Program for smart Visa Access

Visa USA has selected Securify to manage its Smart Visa Access Provider Qualification Program designed to increase the number of qualified security solutions Visa Member financial institutions can employ to provide secure Web services.

Through its suite of Access Management Services, Securify has implemented the qualification program as part of its larger role in helping Visa manage and roll-out its entire smart Visa Access platform.

Access management solutions, consisting of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), access control, and Smart Card systems qualified under the program will be made available to all Visa Member financial institutions for integration with their applications.

Contact: Securify
Tel: +1 650 812 9400
Web site:


RSA Security Awards

RSA Security has announced the winners of its fourth annual RSA Security Awards in the areas of mathematics, public policy and industry as Dr Scott Vanstone, a noted cryptographer and founder of Certicom Corporation for Mathematics; the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Encryption Standard Committee for Public Policy; and Gemplus, a leading manufacturer of Smart Cards. The prizes were presented at the opening session of the RSA Conference 2001 in San Francisco.

The RSA Award in Industry, which went to Gemplus, is awarded to an individual or organisation that has greatly facilitated the widespread use or application of advanced cryptographic technologies in the marketplace.

RSA Security says that Gemplus is a leading developer and manufacturer of Smart Card-based solutions to the wireless, E-business security and financial service arenas and is committed to preserving personal privacy. Smart cards are becoming an important channel by which to put PKI and other encryption capabilities in the hands of people who need to access or exchange private information in the virtual world, whether it is through a computer, PDA or wireless phones.

Gemplus is consistently working to innovate: secure PKI SIM cards, multi-application Java cards, PKI-based Smart Card corporate security systems, Smart bank cards (Smart VISA) and Window 2000 Certification for Smart Card security products.

Contact: Tim Powers, RSA Security Inc
Tel: +1 781 301 5344


SSH Secure Shell from SSH Communications Security

SSH Communications Security has announced SSH Secure Shell 3.0, the next-generation of its encryption software product designed to protect end-users, businesses and developers from the most common break-in method used by hackers - stealing passwords from the Internet.

SSH Secure Shell 3.0's new functionality includes support for PKI (Public Key Infrastructure), Smart Cards and the Rijndael (proposed AES - Advanced Encryption Standard) algorithm.

According to Tatu Ylonen, founder, chairman and CTO of SSH: "The integration of PKI and Smart Card functionality increases the security of Internet communications for both corporate and end users. Today's Web-based applications such as e-commerce and mobile computing require more than simple passwords or personal ID numbers to ensure that Internet transactions remain confidential. SSH Secure Shell 3.0 uses the latest authentication standards to expand the security that users need to secure all remote log-ins, while still delivering the ease-of-deployment and ease-of-use features that SSH Secure Shell has become known for."

SSH Secure Shell 3.0 will be available in June for Windows, UNIX, Linux, and Sun Solaris platforms.

Contact: Linda De Los Reyes, SSH USA
Tel: +1 650 251 2712


SafeNet Selects BioNetrix for Advanced Authentication

SafeNet has announced a development partnership with BioNetrix Systems Corporation that will lead to the integration of SafeNet's SecureIP technology with BioNetrix's authentication management platform. This technology integration will create solutions that enable secure network connectivity and strong biometrics-based authentication from the edge of the network to back-end enterprise applications.

The agreement will give SafeNet customers the flexibility to utilise a myriad of authentication technologies - biometrics (fingerprint, iris, facial and voice recognition), digital signatures, Smart Cards and tokens - manufactured by a variety of companies.

Contact: Maureen Kolb, SafeNet
Tel: +1 410 931 1103
Web site:
Cheryl Bredehoeft, BioNetrix
Tel: +1 703 734 9200, ext. 155
Web site:


Sponsorship Advertorial: CardTech/SecurTech 2001

CTST 2001-- advance registration discounts available through April 16!
CardTech/SecurTech 2001: Navigating the Digital Frontier
Conference Dates: May 14-17, 2001
Exhibition Dates: May 15-17, 2001
Location: Las Vegas--The Sands Expo and Venetian

Experience: 300 exhibiting companies. 200 prominent speakers. 9,000 people from around the globe converging around smart cards, biometrics, and secure e-business.

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At the digital frontier, it's trust and relationships that give you the edge. That's where secure identification technologies come in. Smart cards, biometrics and public key infrastructures are key to establishing trust in the digital world. Find out everything you need to know at CardTech/SecurTech 2001.

With its 1,000-booth exhibition and acclaimed 200-speaker seminar program, CTST 2001 is the world's premier conference covering the marketing, business and technical aspects of deploying card and security technologies successfully. The show covers many technologies, applied to diverse business situations in numerous market sectors in almost every country around the world. To get a feel for just how expansive the CTST experience is visit or email to request a brochure.


  • Soon your shoes will be doing your thinking for you. Find out more from keynote speaker Michael Hawley, Dreyfoos Professor of Media Technology at MIT and principal investigator Of "Things that Think" project at MIT's Media Lab
  • Keynote speaker Steven Levy, Senior Technology Editor of Newsweek and author of "Crypto: When the Code Rebels Beat the Government"
  • Visa smart cards in the news
  • B2B Internet Transaction Security panel
  • Multi-application, and interoperable cards in large-scale ID programs
  • As always, sessions for beginners as well as veterans on smart cards and biometrics

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