Gemplus Software, the recently announced group from Gemplus, the world’s leading provider of smart card solutions, Thursday announced a major extension to its GemSAFE family of smart card-based network security products. The new products, GemSAFE 2.0 and the GemSAFE Software Development Kit (SDK), are fully Windows and Netscape interoperable and provide an easy to use network security solution designed to meet the burgeoning needs for secure access and exchange of electronic information in the enterprise.
Designed for corporations seeking to secure Internet-based services, intranets, extranets, and companies looking to build on and deliver scaleable network security solutions, the new GemSAFE 2.0 version incorporates features such as external loading of keys and certificates, new tools for simplified installation, and an option for on-board key generation. GemSAFE has already gained significant marketplace momentum as reflected by the support and GemSAFE-based solutions offered by companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Baltimore and many others.
The GemSAFE SDK provides ease of integration and adaptability to organizations wanting to integrate a smart card solution into their network security platform. GemSAFE SDK can be used for creating access control, network authentication and data confidentiality — all applications which allow developers to implement the most secure framework for their organizations.
“With GemSAFE 2.0 and the GemSAFE SDK, Gemplus is continuing to drive the development of next-generation smart card-based applications,” said Donna Jeker, vice president of Gemplus Software, Information Technology Solutions. “These product releases reinforce our commitment to providing partners and customers with the best solutions for securing network platforms that integrate seamlessly with existing enterprise infrastructures. Because it is compatible with Microsoft and Netscape Internet suites, GemSAFE is the ideal complement to a company’s existing network security implementation.”
Because a user’s digital identity can be stored on the card and combined with password protection, GemSAFE smart card-based security solutions provide stronger security for access to corporate networks than traditional software-only solutions. GemSAFE is the first and only smart card solution available internationally that is compatible with both Microsoft and Netscape Internet suites, as well as Windows 2000 logon. GemSAFE is a computer security product that augments the software capabilities of these popular web and email products by securely storing private encryption keys with industry-standard digital certificates.
To provide businesses with greater flexibility and management capabilities over security-sensitive applications such as network access, extranets, and e-commerce, GemSAFE 2.0 provides a broader range of digital key management options and improved Card Details Tools for simplified installation, easier diagnostics, and un-installs.
GemSAFE 2.0 comes in both a US-only and an international version and includes GemSAFE cards with an option for on-board key generation and with keys already on-board, GCR410 Serial Port and GPR400 PC Card smart card readers, and software — including the latest version of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT) and Netscape Communications (Nasdaq:NSCP) browser software suites.
GemSAFE Software Development Kit (SDK)
The GemSAFE SDK delivers a software platform that enables developers to seamlessly integrate the latest standards for Web access and email and provides compatibility with future releases of the PKCS and CryptoAPI standards and future Gemplus smart card enhancements.
GemSAFE SDK integrates seamlessly with popular PKI. Gemplus has incorporated the PKSC No. 11 and CryptoAPI standards, and is offering three versions of the SDK, including a North American-only version and two international versions, to ensure compliance with international encryption regulations. The GemSAFE SDK will contain GemSAFE cards with the option of on-board key generation or with keys externally loaded, a serial port, and a PC Card smart card reader and software. Each SDK includes e-mail and web-based technical support. Additionally, Gemplus can provide the tools and services necessary to deploy the smart card application from card management and personalization tools to consulting, training, on-site technical support, and custom software development.
What Companies are Saying About GemSAFE 2.0
“Partnering with Gemplus is an excellent opportunity for us,” commented Matthew Bowcock, Executive Director of Marketing. “The future of smart cards and Public Key Infrastructures (PKI) are inextricably linked and we expect smart cards to be an integral enabler of e-commerce. We are delighted to be working closely with Gemplus to integrate our UniCERT Certificate Authority system with their smartcards, to deliver the best security solutions available today.”
“Authentication is a necessary component to hasten the adoption of Internet business opportunities. Based on Public Key Infrastructure and on smart card technology, Gemplus’ GemSAFE provides Internet and corporate network users with an easy-to-use, portable solution for secure access to online services and therefore provides the confidence to participate in secure online communications,” said David Arditti, Development Group of France Telecom.
“A powerful complement to GTE CyberTrust Certification Authority products and services for enterprises, GemSAFE supports rapid deployment of PKI for secure Internet-based communications and transactions,” said Ron Langill, vice president of global channels and strategic alliances at GTE. “GemSAFE offers a secure solution that is easy to implement and requires almost no network administration.”
“With GemSAFE, we are able to provide additional security to our existing Netscape and Microsoft programs by storing user keys and certificates on smart cards, rather than on the computer network which could be compromised,” said Sorin Bonde, Technical Manager for Smart Cards at Hewlett-Packard Denmark.
“We are preventing misuse and fraud by incorporating GemSAFE technology into our SmartCard Security Kit to store an employee’s confidential information and digital identity on a smart card. Employees can now simply insert their smart card into our PCs, type their personal identification number to ensure identification, and securely access confidential data,” said Joe Preisser, worldwide marketing manager, IBM SmartCard Security Kit.
“GemPlus and Indigo have read the market signals and acted on the rising demand for secure internet applications, including email. GemSafe is a good example of how security products can be easy to install and end-user friendly. Customers finally see their security concerns addressed in an elegant way, which is flexible because it can be seamlessly integrated with any web-application,” said Niek Hoogenhout, marketing director of Indigo Cards.
“We require complete security for all our online transactions. With the GemSAFE solution we are assured of the highest level of security because it offers stronger user authentication than traditional software-based solutions,” said Tibor Hajdu, technology consultant Information Security of Intesa.
“Security is still the number one concern for companies doing business over the Internet which is why every company should investigate implementing a smartcard strong authentication solution based on GemSafe to secure access to corporate Intranets, Web sites and popular e-mail systems,” said Fabrice Bourdeix, CEO of MATRAnet, a leading European security vendor that developed M-WallCard, a GemSafe-based smartcard authentication solution.
“By integrating Gemplus products into our network security infrastructure, we are guaranteed to satisfy our enterprise customers with their security requirements,” said Bill McQuaide, Director of Product Marketing. “The Gemplus GemSAFE solution is ideal for corporations seeking to secure their Internet-based applications or corporate Intranets/extranets.”
“We require complete security for all financial transactions and with GemSAFE, we are assured of the highest level of online transaction security because GemSAFE smart cards offer stronger user authentication than traditional pure software-based solutions,” said Rudolf Klos, senior consultant Internet at Telecash.
“Electronic Business using public and private networks is projected to grow exponentially, however ‘trust’ is a requirement for commercial growth. Security is the key ingredient for ‘trust’ using networks, especially public networks. By developing Unisys Single Point Security solutions in conjunction with Gemplus, based on GemSAFE, Unisys is confident that we are providing the best solution available for securing eBusiness,” said Barry Keyes, Unisys Marketing Director for the Single Point Security program.
“By combining fingerprint biometrics technology with smart cards, Gemplus and Veridicom provide OEM’s and end-users with the highest level of security in an easy and convenient way,” said Michael D’Amour, President and CEO of Veridicom, Inc. “Gemplus and Veridicom have the same goal: driving innovation in order to deliver the next generation of easy-to-use and secure smart card-based solutions required by today’s organizations.”
Pricing and Availability
On a price per unit basis, GemSAFE 2.0 is priced at US$99, with volume discounts available. For enterprise customers, deployment packages are available upon request.
GemSAFE 2.0 and the GemSAFE SDK will begin shipping in late April, and will be available through the Gemplus direct sales force, and from the Gemplus Web store at store.gemplus.com.
Gemplus (http://www.gemplus.com) is the world’s leading provider of plastic and smart card-based solutions. Gemplus sells magnetic stripe cards, memory and microprocessor-based smart cards, smart contactless cards, electronic tags, and smart objects. The company designs and markets software, development tools and readers. Gemplus also provides consulting, training, and personalization services to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive and flexible card-based solutions to its developers, distributors, partners, and customers.
With sales of over US$590 million in 1997, Gemplus employs more than 4,100 people in ten manufacturing facilities, five R&D centers and 41 sales and marketing offices located in 27 countries around the world. Founded in 1988, Gemplus has successfully implemented portable and secure smart card-based solutions to simplify applications such as public and wireless communications, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, identity, physical access control, pay TV, electronic commerce, Internet security, logical access control, and information technology.Details