SafeNet USB token stops data heists through advanced access control and ID management

25 September 2007

SafeNet, Inc., a global leader in information security, has announced the availability of the iKey 4000 USB token, the world’s strongest available hardware authentication solution for safeguarding data against unauthorised access. The iKey 4000 meets the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) requirements.

The PCI DSS outlines security requirements for all organisations that process, transmit, or store cardholder data. Those requirements include restricting access to credit card, and assigning a unique digital ID to each person with computer access. Compliance deadlines are September 30 for Level One merchants, and December 31 for Level Two merchants. Non compliant merchants face hefty fines and put their organisation in danger of security breaches.

“Organisations that use payment card processes are under extreme pressure to protect the information they handle, as well as meet industry compliance mandates,” said Andy Solterbeck, vice president of Product Management, SafeNet. “Given its stronger protection, versatility and usability, the iKey 4000 provides them with added benefits over prior solutions and gives them a way to meet and exceed their security and compliance needs.”

Implementing access control measures by merchants is necessary so that their data can only be accessed by authorised personnel. USB tokens cryptographically store digital IDs like passwords, keys, certificates, or biometrics. Such tokens are the preferred method for positive employee identification because private information never leaves the device and is protected by two-factor authentication—something you have (the token) and something you know (password). Tokens require users to authenticate themselves before initiating any security functions, ensuring that only authorised users are accessing information.

Building on the global standard of token security previously established by the SafeNet iKey 2032, the iKey 4000 provides unprecedented security by utilising Advanced Encryption System (AES), the most powerful encryption technology available that enables two-factor authentication. In addition, its hardware-based key generation, key storage, encryption and digital signing provide unparalleled security to client applications.

The iKey 4000 enables VPN authentication, e-mail encryption, digital signatures and many other PKI-enabled applications from leading vendors. SafeNet’s iKey 4000 USB Token supports PKCS #11, Microsoft CryptoAPI, and Apple Native PC/SC for easy integration into custom applications. iKey 4000 is designed to meet FIPS Level-3 and Common Criteria standards.

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