Cylink Corp., a leading provider of network security solutions, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Algorithmic Research, will demonstrate advanced smart cards using Digital Persona’s fingerprint recognition technology this week at the CeBIT ’99 show in Hannover, Germany.
Using a fingerprint with a smart card provides added convenience for users who no longer have to remember passwords or PIN codes to unlock the card. The added user convenience also leads to better security because users will no longer be tempted to write down their access codes in order to remember them.
The demonstration illustrates a major advancement in smart card security in which part of the fingerprint matching required to unlock the card takes place on the smart card itself, rather than on a host computer. The new smart card will provide an added layer of protection for secure logon to a network, remote user authentication, and for accessing private keys for digital signatures.
“This sets a new standard for smart card security,” said John Marchioni, Director of Product Strategy, Cylink Corporation. “The smart card is used to handle the biometrics, in addition to the private key and signature operations, so that the most sensitive operations used for user authentication are not subject to viruses and trojan-horse software.”
“Cylink’s public-key smart card platform is ideal for integration with our technology,” said Vance Bjorn, Chief Technical Officer at Digital Persona. “Cylink’s subsidiary, Algorithmic Research, has been developing public-key smart cards for commercial use since 1989, which assured us a stable platform. Plus, the smart card interface allowed for the rapid development of this prototype.”
PrivateCard(TM), developed by AR, is for ISO 7816 IC cards. It provides 1024-bit public key services (digital identity and digital signatures) and secure data storage and access for applications. The PrivateCard platform makes the smart card usable for multiple applications, such as network authentication, physical security, and electronic business. Its operating system, file-store and API were designed so that the resources of the smart card could be shared among many applications while maintaining the integrity of data stored on the card.
Digital Persona’s fingerprint technology brings full security with minimal resources required from the smart card. It requires low processing power and memory resources in the card, freeing up those resources for other applications. Combined with the multi-application benefits of PrivateCard, this technology will allow users to get more flexibility from the same card, further protecting an organization’s investment.
“This solution is especially elegant because it combines one of the most efficient biometrics verification systems with one of the most versatile smart card implementations,” said Marchioni. “We are committed to delivering all the added benefits, on the same re-usable smart card, without overhead.”
About Digital Persona
Digital Persona is a three-year old company dedicated to mass market solutions for user authentication based on biometrics. The company’s first product, the U.are.U Fingerprint Recognition System, has won numerous awards including Best of Comdex, Editors choice from PC Magazine and Network Computing Magazine, and Technical Excellence finalist from PC Magazine. Digital Persona biometric hardware and software is sold through the retail, OEM and VAR channels worldwide. Visit Digital Persona at .
About Cylink and Algorithmic Research
Cylink Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary, Algorithmic Research, are leading providers of cryptographic-based network security solutions. Their products enable the secure transmission of data over networks, including local-area networks (LANs), wide-area networks (WANs), and public packet-switched networks such as the Internet. Cylink and Algorithmic Research serve Fortune 500 companies, multinational financial institutions, and government agencies worldwide. For more information, visit our web sites at and .Details