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October 6, 2009

SCM Microsystems, Dai Nippon Printing continue cooperation to address Japanese IT security

To launch a new system that keeps digital data safe using cloud computing technologies

By CBR Staff Writer

SCM Microsystems Japan, a subsidiary of SCM Microsystems, and Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) are expanding their cooperative relationship to address challenges in the Japanese IT security market. SCM Microsystems Japan and DNP, along with Digital Media Research Institute, are launching a new system that keeps digital data safe using cloud computing technologies.

The company said that the system is a high-security data storage system developed by DNP, which consists of DNP’s TranC’ert DNA software, a SIM card and SCM Microsystems’ @MAXX lite secure smart card reader. Digital Media Research Institute is providing sales and consulting services for the implementation of the new system.

DNP’s TranC’ert DNA software splits up and encrypts sensitive or confidential data, and stores it on three servers, which secures and protects the information from loss, damage or theft.

The companies said that the new system offers a secure cloud computing infrastructure scheme, as the Smart card in ID000 (SIM) form factor securely stores and processes the data, DNP’s TranC’ert DNA software protects the data by distributing it across multiple servers, and SCM Microsystems’ @MAXX lite reader allows users with the proper authorisation to securely access and reconstruct the data.

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Reportedly @MAXX lite includes a built-in smart card reader and on-board flash memory that enables this mobile device to provide cost-efficient handling of sensitive data.

Currently, the new system is being piloted in trials and is expected to be available throughout Japan beginning in December 2009. SCM Microsystems Japan said that they are working with DNP to launch a new security system utilising near field communication (NFC) contactless technologies.

The companies will begin selling the new offering, which allows compatibility of IC cards across the three primary contactless communication standards – FeliCa, MIFARE) and ISO 14443 Type A and B – in November 2009. Using its ‘Endpoint Saver’, a user authentication and access control software, DNP will begin distributing the new security solution in combination with SCM’s SCL010 and SCL3711 contactless smart card readers.

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