ActivCard announced that the ActivCard Corporate Access Card solution — based upon proven technology developed initially for the U.S. Department of Defense — is now available for the enterprise.
The Corporate Access Card solution is a modular suite of software products for enterprise identity badge deployments. After six years of R&D and standardization work with leading standards bodies, including Java Card Forum and Global Platform (formerly Visa(R) Open Platform), ActivCard is now providing the CAC solution to enterprise customers worldwide. ActivCard Corporate Access Card solutions fully leverage the multi-functionality of the DoD CAC standard, the Java Card(TM) platform and other smart card-based platforms.
“Consider all the credentials a company has to manage for just one user — a picture ID card, remote authentication token, identity PKI certificates, biometrics and any number of static passwords — each requiring a separate management system and staffing resources to administer them,” said Ed MacBeth, ActivCard Senior Vice President of Marketing. “With the ActivCard Corporate Access Card, enterprise organizations can issue a consolidated smart card-based employee badge — with a single management system — delivering a strong ROI for the bottom line.”
The Corporate Access Card solution allows users to securely access business applications, including network log-in, e-mail encryption, remote access and single sign-on. Users simply insert their CAC into their computer, enter their PIN, and gain secure access to a wide range of services.
When activated with ActivCard applets, a CAC solution allows enterprises to conduct business in new ways. Along with secure storage on the card of employee records and benefits — like healthcare entitlements — companies also can use the card for cashless payment systems, such as in the company cafeteria and vending machines. ActivCard IDM software lets companies add new applets to the card post issuance for new services.
With ActivCard Identity Management System(TM) (AIMS) software, the CAC can be integrated with existing corporate directory structures. The system administrator can easily assign and manage user’s credentials cost effectively leveraging the current network infrastructure.
Corporate Access Card solutions strengthen enterprises’ physical and network security while at the same time reducing IT costs. The CAC provides Return On Identity(TM) — an ROI based on reduced costs, user convenience, and the increased security that comes from knowing with certainty who is accessing the company’s systems and services.
The U.S. government’s recent “National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace” has called on business leaders to share in the responsibility of securing the Internet — starting with the perimeter of the corporate enterprise with a charter to develop infrastructure protection plans that address both cyber and physical security.
“The CAC solution is exactly the type of private sector leadership the government had in mind when it challenged corporations to take action to assure critical operations will not be disrupted by cyber attacks,” MacBeth added. “Our customers are adopting solutions that bridge physical and logical security to prove user identity.”
About the ActivCard Corporate Access Card(TM) Solution
The Corporate Access Card solution is a modular suite of software products for enterprise identity badge deployments. This solution has been designed to securely issue, use and manage multiple types of digital identity credentials, i.e. PKI keys and certificates, biometrics, one-time passwords and static passwords. The modular components of ActivCard CAC solution:
— Begin inside the smart card microchip with ActivCard Applets and secure framework.
— Extend to the user workstation with ActivCard Gold(TM) smart card middleware software
— Extend to the network with the Trinity(TM) single sign-on server and ActivPack(TM) AAA remote access secure server.
— Are managed by ActivCard Identity Management System (TM) (AIMS), a Web-based, centrally managed, distributed software enabling cost-effective deployment of smart cards anytime, anywhere.
— Are based upon open systems support for all leading platforms, directories and smart cards.
The Corporate Access Card is based upon ActivCard’s experience with the world’s largest scale smart identity badge deployment, the DoD Common Access Card (CAC).
— ActivCard developed the specifications for the DoD CAC card infrastructure, including secure channels for issuance, post-issuance, usage and future applications
— ActivCard is the only provider whose technology is deployed throughout the CAC infrastructure — in the data center, on client workstations and inside the CAC ID badge.
To contact ActivCard about Corporate Access Card solutions please call: 1-800-529-9499 or 510-574-0100 to speak with a direct sales person.
ActivCard, , is the leader in IDentity Management (IDM) software. Our scalable IDM and strong authentication solutions are trusted by organizations — from enterprise to governments around the world. ActivCard IDM systems deliver maximum Return On Identity(TM) (ROI) through increased security, reduced cost, and user convenience. The modular product design allows our customers to add capabilities as required, preserving their investment.