VASCO Data Security International Inc., a software security company offering authentication products announced Thursday launch of DIGIPASS KEY 202 and CertiID Suite 3.4.3.
DIGIPASS CertiID is VASCO's PKI based authentication solution that provides digital signatures for user authentication and transaction security. It is a flexible PKI solution allowing financial organizations, enterprises and governments to implement secure PKI technology enabling secure transaction and documents signing by using PKI credentials.
The new CertiID Suite contains DIGIPASS CertiID Middleware providing strong two-factor authentication and non-repudiation of transactions and data. The new release contains a secure CD-ROM update solution enabling customers to update the read-only content of the DIGIPASS KEY CD-ROM drive. Updates can be executed by VASCO or the customer through manually or automated downloads. This new feature ensures customers of an up-to-date PKI infrastructure without having to replace deployed authentication devices in the field.
Furthermore, the CertiID software has been embedded into DIGIPASS KEY 200, DIGIPASS 860 and the new DIGIPASS KEY 202, ensuring a zero footprint and cost-efficient installation. The plug and play devices thus require little to no administration and device management. For banking purposes, both devices also contain a secure hardened browser enhancing online banking security and providing an enhanced end-user experience.
When executing online transactions, the customer plugs the DIGIPASS KEY into the USB-port of the computer. The browser will launch and guide the customer directly to the bank's online application while performing certificate-based authentication. This way, the bank knows that an authorized user using embedded and certified software is logging on to perform a secure transaction. The hardened browser also allows secure PDF signing, giving financial institutions the opportunity to use Adobe software to securely sign PDF contracts online.
In combination with DIGIPASS KEY 101 with IAS chip, the software suite supports signature compliance with European law recommendations making the solution ideally for e-government transactions. The solution is also compliant with the European Citizen Card (CEN 15480), a new standard for identity applications, authentication and electronic signatures in Europe. The standard ensures that a smart card is issued under the authority of a government institution which carries credentials in order to verify identity, act as an Inter-European Union travel document and to facilitate logical access to e-government or local administration services.
DIGIPASS KEY 202 is a PKI authentication device based on SIM card technology. It is an innovative client solution combining PKI technology with secure USB mass storage. The device can be used for multiple purposes such as secure remote access, disk encryption, data transactions signing, desktop and application log-on and secure mobile data storage.
By using a SIM card, VASCO has facilitated the personalization process of the end-user devices. Instead of personalizing every device prior to customer distribution, end-users receive a personalized SIM card. By using this SIM card form factor, the cost for organizations for the renewal of smart cards and mass deployment of the USB devices is severely reduced. When certificates expire after two years, organizations only need to redistribute a new SIM card to their customer base instead of replacing every authentication device.
"With the new release of the CertiID Suite and DIGIPASS KEY 202, VASCO strengthens its PKI authentication offering", says Jan Valcke, president and COO of VASCO Data Security. "We have expanded the software suite to supply our customers with even more flexibility thanks to the upgrade service and the integrated hardened browser and PDF signing features. DIGIPASS KEY 202 in turn, is VASCO's answer to an increasing demand for more convenient PKI solutions. By using a SIM card form factor we are able to reduce logistic and support costs related to renewal and mass deployment. CertiID 3.4.3. and DIGIPASS KEY 202 will enable VASCO to address new market opportunities by creating a well-balanced mix of strong security, flexibility, user convenience and cost-efficiency."