Sun Microsystems Reveals Infinite Access Security Model

2/27/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW - News), the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, defined its new infinite access security model, helping businesses securely open up their enterprise to the network and extract more value from the Internet. Sun plans to invisibly integrate multi-factor authentication, identity management and containment support into all of its software products and platforms. Sun's Java Desktop System, an affordable, secure and open standards-based alternative to Microsoft Windows, will be Sun's first product to integrate complete out-of-the-box support for Java Card multi-factor authentication technology.

"Network security is not the oxymoron our competitor would like you to believe. But it's time the industry admitted that the defensive approach to PC security with bigger moats, taller walls and memos from the CEO have clearly failed," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of software, Sun Microsystems. "It's time we went on the offensive by proactively authenticating and differentiating service to the good guys, instead of always hunting the bad. This approach is more befitting a limitless internet -- spanning all network devices and services, not just PCs -- and the products and technologies already in deployment by some of the highest security yet most open and interoperable network operators in existence. Infinite possibility requires infinite access based on simplicity, integration and automation."

Sun's new infinite access security model is designed to make security integrated, invisible and infinite for customers. It helps create a managed risk environment that allows access to be appropriate and acceptable to the service providers in enterprises, consumer and governmental organizations.

Three architectural pillars underscore Sun's infinite access security model: strong authentication, identity management, and risk management through containment.

Sun's expertise in the three core principles of infinite access security authentication, identity management and containment is unparalleled. The world's leading government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Defense, depend on Java Card(tm) technology for secure network identification cards; Sun's Java System Identity Server is the industry's leading identity management platform and Sun is a founding member of the Liberty Alliance, the inter-industry group dedicated to establishing open standards for federated network identity; and the next generation of Sun's Solaris(tm) operating system will include N1 Grid Containers, one of the industry's most advanced containment and partitioning technologies.

Secure Authentication Across Every Area of the Network
Java Card technology is one of the best secure authentication technologies for trust, privacy and verification of identity on the network, deployed in over 500 million smart card and mobile phone environments around the world. Sun is building on this success and applying its expertise to the Windows environment though inclusion of Java Card technology support in its Java Desktop System and Java software systems. This model will not only secure access to the device (mobile handset, desktop or infrastructure), but access to network services, and ultimately access to and distribution of content. This guarantees authentication of the device, of the sender, and of content represented, helping reduce victimization through fraudulent Web sites, and e-mail spam and viruses.

In addition to Java Card multi-factor authentication support, the next version of Java Desktop System will include the Java Desktop System Configuration Manager, a tool for central management of user settings. This enables systems administrators to set security preferences and easily and effectively manage them across the entire enterprise.

Security Innovation Through Open Standards
Sun believes in security through openness. Security standards should be open to being created, tested, analyzed and challenged by a huge community of intelligent programmers, developers and security experts.

Sun also announced support for leading security and identity open standards efforts, demonstrating its continued commitment to building security into the underlying standards defining the Network.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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