Schlumberger Network Solutions, a unit of the Test & Transactions business segment of Schlumberger, launched a 16 kilobytes capacity version of its Cryptoflex smart card, giving the ability to store multiple passwords and certificates and enabling an increased number of secure applications and cryptographic services. Called Cryptoflex 16K, this smart card works with all major PKI (public key infrastructure) providers, including the PKI integrated into Windows 2000. It enables multiple applications that do not need to share keys and can be used with Microsoft, Netscape, Entrust and a whole host of applications. Enhanced 2048-bit RSA encryption and Identrus-compliance makes it the ideal portable ID device for securing B2B and B2C e-commerce transactions and network access.
‘The rapid spread of the use of the Internet has made securing user trust over networks fundamental for the growth of businesses today,’ says Jean-Claude Perrin, IT smart cards manager at Schlumberger. ‘Cryptoflex 16K implements the most powerful industry-standard security functions, making it today the ideal portable digital identity device to secure systems requiring strong authentication anywhere in the world.’
‘One of the biggest obstacles to e-commerce expansion is how to prove the identity of an individual over networks and electronic services. Electronic service providers and financial institutions are embracing strong authentication and PKI technology as a key enabler,’ added Marc Hudavert, vice president and general manager of ActivCard Europe. ‘Schlumberger Cryptoflex 16K is the ideal token to perform encryption and digital signature operations, and for storing the increasing number of credentials static passwords, one-time passwords and digital certificates needed to forge agreements and engage payments in a confident and trusted manner. ActivCard Gold software and ActivCard Management Suite seamlessly use Cryptoflex 16K cards to generate, store, control and manage all these credentials, with the strong value of being network independent, PKI independent, and credential independent.’
Unlike computer discs which are very prone to failure, human error or attack by viruses, the on-card cryptoprocessor of the Cryptoflex 16K protects keys and certificates from damage and unauthorized disclosure.
Schlumberger leads the world in the development of smart card security techniques.
Cryptoflex 16K builds on the established Schlumberger Cryptoflex range by extending memory from 8 to 16 Kbytes and speeding up algorithm computation: RSA (2048, 1024, 768 and 512 key lengths) and DES. The enhanced user-selectable key length increases the choices available to IT managers, value-added resellers and developers building commercial security products. It enables a single Cryptoflex-based solution to meet the varied encryption requirements of different countries. The additional memory provides ample space to store valuable information such as remote dial-in numbers, network addresses, account password information and users’ digital credentials. PC/SC & PKCS#11 standard middlewares are also available, enabling the Cryptoflex 16k to work in any heterogeneous IT environment.
ActivCard S.A., a leader in digital identity and electronic certification technology, delivers core components required to enable next generation business communications and transactions. ActivCard’s technology suite offers the ease-of-use of an ATM transaction with a security level better than a face-to-face meeting. ActivCard’s solutions, in conjunction with the applications support for public or symmetric key-based data confidentiality and integrity, allow individuals and businesses to perform secure online transactions over the Internet. Based on sales, we believe that today, more than one million people use ActivCard products for secure Internet banking, web access and remote access to corporate networks. ActivCard has corporate headquarters in Fremont, California, Suresnes, France, and Singapore.
Schlumberger is the leading provider of smart card-based solutions worldwide. Drawing on 20 years experience in pioneering smart card innovations, Schlumberger is continuing to evolve the new generation of smart cards, parking terminals, ticketing machines, payphones, banking terminals, servers, software, applications and systems integration that will play a key role in the 21st century’s digital age. Additional information is available at www.slb.com/smartcards.
Schlumberger Test & Transactions provides smart card-based solutions; semiconductor equipment and services; and corporate IP and network solutions to customers throughout the world. It is a business unit of Schlumberger Limited, an $8.4 billion global technology services company.