Entrust Technologies Inc. , the global leader in managed public key infrastructures (PKI), Tuesday announced that Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals, the world’s leading provider of smart-card based solutions, will provide smart cards and readers for an advanced security system that combines Entrust’s award-winning PKI technology with today’s most flexible smart card options and high-security biometric authentication systems. This combination of technologies provides a high level of security to support the data communications needs of an increasingly mobile workforce using a variety of computers on multiple platforms.
This approach will use PKCS No. 11 software developed by American Biometric Company to integrate the Entrust/PKI with Schlumberger Cryptoflex 8K and Multiflex 8K multifunction smart cards and Reflex readers, as well as the BioMouse Plus biometric smart card reader from American Biometric Company. Schlumberger will be demonstrating the system in its booth (No. 514) December 8-9 at the CardTech/ SecurTech show in San Jose, California.
“With smart cards, user authentication that was previously confined to one computer can now easily be portable to multiple computers and operating systems, providing the cross-platform mobility needed in today’s international marketplace,” stated Mehrzad Mahdavi, director, information security, Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals, North America. “The combined technologies of Entrust and American Biometric enable a single smart card to securely serve multiple functions, such as storing passwords for log-in to multiple networks, storing digital certificates for secure portability of user credentials and acting as an employee badge for building access.” He noted that smart card based security is especially critical for traveling employees who must use public phones, public Internet and even shared computers to conduct sensitive business transactions.
“Integrating smart card mobility and multi-factor authentication into Entrust/PKI mission critical applications, such as remote access over the Internet and laptop protection, is an important element in a corporations’ IT security toolkit,” said John Ryan president and CEO, Entrust Technologies Inc. “This integration illustrates the flexibility of partner-driven solutions that will help promote the growth of secure electronic commerce by increasing any organization’s mobility in a flexible, highly secure and cost-effective manner.”
Multi-Factor Authentication Provides Higher Security
Smart cards and public-key certificates in combination with biometric authentication offer additional security over a password-based authentication system. Although password protection is still the most common method of authentication in computing today, multi-factor authentication, combining the smart card, which the user keeps with him or her at all times, and a password or PIN code known only to that user, provides increased protection. For ultimate security and additional flexibility, a person’s fingerprint (which can not be guessed, loaned, stolen or forgotten) can be used in lieu of a password or PIN code.
“American Biometric Company is a leader in providing biometric authentication solutions that integrate with PKIs and smart cards,” stated Marshall Sangster, general manager of American Biometric Company. “We are excited about having been able to leverage this expertise to provide the enabling technology that allows these two market leaders to work seamlessly together. We believe that this combined solution is exactly what customers need to facilitate the rollout of a security infrastructure in their organizations.” Availability of Solutions
Schlumberger smart cards and readers and American Biometric BioMouse Plus, integrated to work with Entrust/PKI solutions, are expected to be available during Q1 1999. Cable & Wireless Omnes, the global IT services company in which Schlumberger has a fifty percent interest, will provide the systems integration for this solution.
Entrust Technologies’ solutions are based on public-key technology to protect data and client-server transactions. The products use a client-server design that includes automatic and transparent key and certificate life cycle management. The smart card can store keys and X.509 certificates issued by Entrust for applications, such as sending and receiving secure email or using remote dial-up access to a corporate network over an Internet connection.
The Schlumberger Cryptoflex 8K and Multiflex 8K that have been integrated with the Entrust/PKI are true computing devices — containing a chip with CPU, ROM, EEPROM and RAM — embedded in a flexible plastic card about the size and thickness of a traditional credit card. The Schlumberger Cryptoflex 8K card is capable of a wide variety of cryptographic functions, including random-number generation, digital signing and encryption, and storage and retrieval of biometric measurements.
Biometrics are measurements taken from a person — such as fingerprints, retinal pattern or voice prints — which can be used to identify them. American Biometric Company provides their new BioMouse Plus fingerprint scanner with integrated smart card reader that can talk to a user’s smart card profile and the Entrust/PKI and verify a fingerprint in less than one second. Measurements are digitized for storage on either a central authentication server, a PC hard disk or the smart card, and those measurements are compared to what the scanner sees. The BioMouse Plus has a PC card interface for laptop users as well as a compact and portable design.
Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals is the leading provider of smart card-based solutions worldwide shaping the new world of smart solutions by providing leading-edge technology to enable innovative smart card and terminal applications that enhance the security and convenience of businesses and communities of all kinds. Schlumberger smart card solutions encompass a wide range of cards, terminals, development tools and support in open configurations for operators, developers, integrators, and distributors worldwide. As part of the Smart Village vision, the Schlumberger offer includes the milestone Cyberflex card, the industry’s first Java-based smart card. The Smart Cards & Terminals group operates 45 facilities in 34 countries across the globe. Additional information is available on the World Wide Web at .
Schlumberger Test & Transactions is comprised of Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals and Schlumberger Automated Test Equipment, leveraging the combined strengths of these two business units to provide leading-edge, cost-effective solutions to customers.
Schlumberger Test & Transactions is a business unit of Schlumberger Limited, a $10.65 billion global technology service company providing oilfield services, natural resources management, transactions-based technology and associated systems, and semiconductor test equipment.
About American Biometric Company
Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, American Biometric Company is a subsidiary of DEW Engineering and Development Limited, an ISO 9001 registered company. American Biometric Company is a leading developer of low cost, high performance biometric smart card solutions for computer systems, that are being used for applications ranging from single sign on to door access. With more than 35 patent applications issued and/or filed covering hardware, software and applications American Biometric Company is committed to bringing innovative solutions to its customers and partners. Company and product details are available at .
About Entrust Technologies
Entrust Technologies Inc. develops, markets and sells products and services that allow enterprises to manage trusted, secure electronic communications and transactions over today’s advanced networks, including the Internet, extranets and intranets. The Entrust solution automates the management of digital certificates, which are similar to electronic passports, through public-key infrastructure (PKI) technology designed to assure the privacy and authenticity of internal and external communications. The Entrust PKI is an integrated, open and scalable software framework that operates across multiple platforms, network devices and applications, including e-mail, browsers, electronic commerce, electronic forms, remote access and other product offerings from leading vendors. The first Entrust product suite was released in 1994, and has since been licensed for use in global enterprises, government entities and financial institutions. In addition, over three million Entrust users have been licensed to date by the Company’s customers. Entrust Technologies Inc. is headquartered in Richardson, Texas with offices across North America and in London, UK, Zurich and Frankfurt. For additional company information please visit [www.entrust.com].