11/26/2003 - Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC) has launched Phoenix cMETM TrustedCore NB for notebooks and tablet PCs. This is the company's first product in the new, extensible Core System Software (CSS) category. Because it is based in CSS, Phoenix cME TrustedCore addresses the four issues critical to networked computing - connectivity, usability, manageability, and especially security.
"Security is a significant issue for anyone creating or using digital products today," said Dr. Andreas Thimmel, Vice President of Business Clients at Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH. "Phoenix cME Trusted Core enables developers to create more secure products because the trust is hardware-supported, where it's much better protected against hacking and damage. This is an excellent technology that protects the core system software while allowing applications and services to be built securely into the foundation of the PC."
Basic Input Output System (BIOS) predates the Internet and networks, so it has been used primarily for hardware system configuration tasks. The advent of networked computing opened the market for more mobile and advanced digital machines. However, it also brought an ever-growing list of vulnerabilities, including hackers, identity theft, unauthorized network access, and more. And it brought requirements for features such as remote diagnostics; simple and secure connections; resource permissions and policy management; pen and camera input; trusted end-points, and more.
"Enterprises are recognizing that IT security is more than just deploying more security technology to combat the negative effects of hackers, viruses or other malicious activity," said Mark Griffiths, vice president, authentication services, VeriSign Security Services. "Enterprises need to employ Intelligence and Control Services that ensure the integrity of their systems and the sensitive data they contain. By combining VeriSign's Strong Authentication services with Phoenix CME TrustedCore, customers will be able to operate with the freedom of knowing that only authorized devices will be able to connect to their networks."
"This is a big step forward in core system technology," said Mr. Oh Young Hwan, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Samsung. "Our customers want digital products that are better protected from viruses, hackers and even from user errors. With Phoenix cME TrustedCore, security is locked into the hardware. It means that Samsung can create and deliver products that help to maintain our leadership."
Phoenix cME TrustedCore NB offers several features and related benefits:
"Core System Software is a significant advance in digital technology, one that has been acknowledged by Microsoft," said Albert E. Sisto, Chairman, President and CEO of Phoenix Technologies. "The launch of Phoenix cME Trusted Core NB is the first of many Phoenix CSS solutions that will reside at the core of devices. We are making them much more compatible with networking standards, whether those networks are used in global enterprises or just within the home. This is an important differentiator for the makers of computing devices."
Founded in 1979, Phoenix Technologies (NASDAQ: PTEC) helped launch the digital revolution when it created the industry's leading machine-independent BIOS software, which ships in more than 100 million new systems each year. Phoenix continues to leverage that core-level experience to develop many other vital solutions at multiple points in the foundation of PCs and other digital devices. Today, Phoenix solutions activate, secure, connect, and recover the world's best-known systems. These solutions operate from the Phoenix Core Managed Environment (cME), where they're built in and protected from viruses, user errors, hackers, and corruption. Phoenix is headquartered in Milpitas, Calif. USA (Silicon Valley), with offices in global business and technology centers. For more information about Phoenix Technologies, visit our Web site at http://www.phoenix.com/
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