SPYRUS, a leading provider of cryptographic token and toolkit security solutions, Monday introduced the SPYRUS Smart Card Reader, which interfaces to desktop computers for high-assurance security applications. The SPYRUS Smart Card Reader is the first reader to feature its own keyboard for PIN entry, making it the ideal security solution for enterprises and governments looking for cost- effective and portable high-assurance protection of valued digital property.
“This announcement is a break-through in price/performance, and makes high-assurance smart card security cost effective for widespread use by enterprises and government,” said Sue Pontius, SPYRUS president and CEO. “Our new security reader used together with SPYRUS Rosetta smart cards reduces the cost-per-seat of high- assurance security by 80 percent.”
The Smart Card Reader is as thin as a credit card and can fit in a wallet, yet it includes a keyboard and display, so it can be used for PIN entry or other secure data entry applications. It connects to the PC through a serial port, and is compatible with Microsoft’s PC/SC standards for smart card readers.
Smart Card Readers and SPYRUS Rosetta smart cards work together to provide high-assurance public key security for use as a digital identity for local or Internet applications access control, encryption, or signature. Both products are key components of the SPYRUS Integrated Enterprise Security solution for enterprises and governments.
SPYRUS is a leading provider of network security solutions to enterprises and governments. Recently, the company was named as the fourth fastest-growing technology company in the Deloitte & Touche Silicon Valley Fast 50. The company’s end-to-end security solutions protect valued digital property in corporate IS, WWW/Internet, Intranet, electronic commerce, and government applications. High-assurance security tokens, available as smart cards and PCMCIA cards, provide a personal, portable electronic identity that enables encryption, digital signature, access control, and metering. SPYRUS’ solutions include Certification Authority (CA) and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) services, Secure Electronic Transaction (SETT) payment card security, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) channel security, and Secure HTTP (S-HTTP) document security. SPYRUS is a privately-held company headquartered in San Jose, California with offices in England and Australia. In September 1998, SPYRUS acquired Signet Systems Pty. Ltd. of Australia, an international provider of Certification Authority (CA) solutions for Public Key Infrastructure. In 1997, SPYRUS acquired Terisa Systems(R) Inc. For more information about SPYRUS, visit the Web site at [www.spyrus.com]