CeBIT: USB stick as crypto disk, certificate storage, and an authentication token
Security specialists Gemalto and Utimaco have combined the functions of authentication token with certificate management and encrypted data memory in one USB stick. Called a Secure Digital Companion, the USB token is mainly intended for use by companies whose employees need both secure access to the corporate network and protection for their mobile data when in the field. This novel item can be seen at Ultimaco's CeBIT stand (hall 7, stand A28) and will be available in stores starting in May for around 80 euros (excluding value-added tax).
The manufacturers say that the USB stick contains authentication software from Gemalto and Ultimaco's SafeGuard PrivateDisk, which automatically embeds itself in the system when the token is inserted. The token displays single-use passwords compatible with Open indication (OATH). The software components in the Secure Digital Companion only run on Windows.
Aladdin has similar products on display in hall 7, at stand B30. Depending on the specific configuration, its eToken family combines the functions of an OATH token, password management, and smartcard functions for digital signatures and encryption, though it does this without encrypted data storage. The vendor says that the PKI software included supports Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. These new additions to the product line are to hit stores during the course of this year.
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