Thursday, 29 September 2011

Venafi Partners with Cohort Technology to Meet Increased Demand for Automated EKCM Solutions through Extensive Channel Reach

Venafi, the inventor of and market leader in Enterprise Key and Certificate Management (EKCM) solutions, today announced its strategic partnership with Cohort Technology to distribute EKCM solutions in the United Kingdom. Together, the companies will extend Venafi's market leadership to meet the needs of Cohort Technology's resellers and customers. Designed specifically for enterprise environments, Venafi solutions provide automated management for the widest range of digital-certificate and encryption-key technologies in use today-including digital certificates, Secure Shell (SSH) keys, and asymmetric and symmetric keys.

Venafi Encryption DirectorTM automates the discovery, monitoring, validation, management, and security of the encryption assets Global 2000 enterprises use most. Venafi's Global 2000 customers widely report successfully reducing the unquantified and unmanaged risks associated with encryption deployments that result in data breaches, security audit failures, and unplanned system outages.

Of the partnership, Cohort Technology Managing Director Grahame Smee, said, "We are delighted to partner with Venafi, the recognized industry leader in the growing EKCM arena. Our customers are heavily dependent on encryption for information security and system authentication. As a result of their growing inventories, these same organisations have certificates and keys strewn throughout their infrastructures, most of which are managed departmentally and in silos. Without an enterprise-wide understanding of where these critical security resources are and who manages them, the risks of frequent unplanned downtime and audit failures are high. In today's atmosphere of increasingly frequent cyber attacks and regulatory mandates, we are convinced that Venafi's solutions and partner program will provide our reseller community with the best EKCM solutions on the market."

Jeff Hudson, Venafi CEO said, "Organisations are suffering from high-profile, costly, and embarrassing incidents-including data breaches, man-in-the-middle attacks, and CA compromises. In fact, there has been a veritable tsunami of these incidents, most of which would have been avoidable by leveraging security best practices and automated management solutions. Given Cohort Technology's strong relationships with many of the UK's largest organisations, their proven security-industry track record of success, and a customer-centric business focus, this partnership will enable Venafi to provide its leading technology solutions to a larger market."

SCM launches new NFC solutions development kit

ISMANING, Germany, September 28, 2011 - SCM Microsystems, a leading provider of solutions for secure access, secure identity and secure exchange and a business unit of Identive Group, Inc. today announced the launch of a new near field communication (NFC) Solutions Development Kit (SDK) that enables application developers and system integrators to accelerate time to market of NFC technology-based readers and terminals that support Device-to-Tag and Peer-To-Peer applications such as event ticketing, retail loyalty, physical and logical access as well as vending, public transport and mobile payment.

"With major mobile phone manufacturers now introducing a variety of new NFC-enabled smart phones and other devices, the mobile infrastructure for NFC-based consumer and commercial applications is rapidly being put in place," said David Holmes, vice president Mobility & NFC Solutions for Identive. "NFC technology is creating tremendous excitement as it promises to revolutionize the way we live, work and play, spawning innovative applications for everything from payment to healthcare to social networking." "Developers are racing to deliver new solutions that leverage the potential of NFC," said Michael Ganzera, vice president Business Development and Marketing for SCM Microsystems. "SCM's new NFC SDK combines our broad expertise in contactless technologies with detailed NFC know how, enabling developers to easily upgrade existing solutions with NFC or to build entirely new applications that combine traditional contactless solutions with new NFC capabilities."

SCM's NFC Solutions Development Kit consists of two SCM3712 NFC reader modules and one SCL3711 reader, as well as all necessary drivers, source code examples for handling Device-to-Tag and Peer-to-Peer NFC applications, optimized software development tools, and essential documentation covering NFC and PC interfaces. SCM's SDK also includes a complete set of NFC Forum-compliant tags in various form factors, which model NFC application data such as Internet service initiation using a URL, line of text, smart poster or business card. The contactless reader modules used in the NFC SDK are compact in size, facilitating the creation of small-footprint terminals that are optimized for end user convenience in retail countertop environments. The SDK also works with SCM's widely installed contactless SCL reader/token family, including the SCL010 and SCL011. Solutions developers and integrators can therefore use a variety of SCM NFC modules and readers to create the necessary infrastructure and products for an array of new commercial NFC solutions. For example, a direct and reliable two-way communication between two devices can be established, allowing a mobile phone to be used as a smart credential when presented to an NFC-equipped terminal, enabling applications such as loyalty couponing or points redemption.

VASCO Data Security and Option launch Cloudkey, a DIGIPASS with 3G connectivity and user-friendly software

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois and ZURICH, Switzerland, LEUVEN, Belgium - September 28, 2011 - VASCO Data Security International, Inc. a software security company specializing in authentication products and Option the wireless technology company, announce a partnership to co-develop and bring to market Cloudkey(r), a mobile security solution that provides simple and secure access to cloud applications and data. This unique mobile solution offers world-class security combining VASCO's DIGIPASS authentication capability with Option's 3G USB modem and connection management software (uCAN(r) Connect).

Cloudkey contains DIGIPASS for Mobile, VASCO's strong authentication solution for mobile devices. Mobile users who want to access cloud applications in a secure way can use the USB key to generate a one-time password (OTP). This OTP is only valid for a limited period of time and replaces the use of static passwords. Each time the user wants to log in, the mobile application on Cloudkey calculates a new value. This reduces the risk of unauthorized access to data in the cloud, and eliminates the inconvenience of password management. The OTP is securely generated inside the modem hardware and can be displayed without installation of drivers or applications.

Cloudkey is a versatile and modular solution that addresses different security needs. It can be used in standard professional and enterprise environments to access corporate data or the intranet, but also in environments where users need simple and secure access to personal data or applications in the cloud. Cloudkey can be used by enterprises that have already deployed VASCO's DIGIPASS authentication devices but also require 3G connectivity. The use of a private APN can further strengthen access to intranet systems. For these users, Cloudkey provides an all in one solution that is simple to use and convenient to carry. Cloudkey also incorporates a micro-SD slot providing users with an additional portable storage solution and allowing future modular extensions to the product.

"Security has become a fundamental requirement for mobile enterprise access. Cloudkey incorporates world-class security with excellent connectivity and user-friendly software to access cloud and enterprise applications and data", says Jan Callewaert, CEO at Option. "We are committed to enhancing our portfolio of secure connectivity solutions together with trustworthy partners, such as VASCO Data Security. Cloudkey is an important solution in this strategy".

"We are proud to announce the partnership between Option and VASCO Data Security, two key players in the IT-industry, both headquartered in Belgium", says Jan Valcke, President and COO at VASCO Data Security. "This partnership fits in VASCO's mission to embed our strong authentication solutions on different platforms. Cloudkey is the result of our cooperation and demonstrates how we can deliver solutions that simplify strong security together."

Note to Subscribers

If you would prefer to receive your News On Line email in plain text, please send an email with "Plain Text" in the subject line.

If you are a subscriber to our Daily News On Line service or Monthly Newsletter you are entitled to access restricted pages on our website news archive. For the username and password please send an email with "Subscriber Password" in the subject line. lesley.dann, Subscriptions Administrator, Smart Card Group.

To Unsubscribe Email Us at or click Unsubscribe

Important Information

From time to time, this news service may include industry forecasts and forward looking statements made by the companies concerned. Readers should be advised that Smart Card News Ltd cannot be held responsible for decisions and/or actions taken by readers of our news service, based on the information provided. This news is only to be distributed to persons/companies who have a contract with Smart Card News Ltd. Unless your company has gained a licence and/or written permission from Smart Card News, the contents of this news page are not to be forwarded to any other person or server. Any replication by any means without prior permission is illegal and action may be taken. If you receive this online news from a forwarded source please contact the team at Smart Card News Ltd. It is illegal to replicate this online news.

Tel: +44 (0)1903 734 677