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October 6, 2009

Gemalto launches new smart card-based USB token

Offers digital data integrity and data loss prevention for enterprises

By CBR Staff Writer

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, has revealed the launch of Protiva Smart Guardian, a smart card enabled personal security USB device that offers digital data integrity and data loss prevention for enterprises. Smart Guardian combines endpoint control and secure data storage for protecting sensitive information.

The company said that attempts to tamper with the device are detectable and intrusion attempts will cause the token to sero-out its contents.

In addition to providing security, Smart Guardian is convenient to use. It requires users to insert their authorised portable token and enter a passphrase to unlock the device so that any data transferred to it is encrypted automatically. This ensures that only authorised users have access to encrypted data, even if the device is lost or stolen.

Smart Guardian tokens are easy for IT administrators to deploy and manage, and require no user training, the company added.

Cedric Collomb, senior vice-president of identity and access management at Gemalto, said: “One of the biggest information security challenges today is protecting the large amount of confidential data used by business organisations and government agencies.

“The combination of endpoint control and secure data storage makes Smart Guardian tokens the ideal platform for protecting sensitive information and controlling how these are transferred throughout the virtual workplace.”

The Smart Guardian device combines smart card technology from Gemalto and flash technology from Lexar. According to the company, the management options of the new device make it easy for end-users and administrators to register new devices, update software on the devices, deploy protected corporate applications, and remotely block a lost or stolen token and destroy its contents.

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