Phoenix Provides Strong Device Authentication with cME TrustConnector

3/24/2004 - Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the company driving the global core system software standard in PC systems and connected digital devices for 25 years, has launched Phoenix cMETM TrustConnectorTM at the Federal Office Systems Expo (FOSE) government IT trade show in Washington DC. This advanced software product enables authentication of devices connected to networks, making the these devices trustworthy and protecting the networks against attacks. It also enhances the security of certificate-based Windows applications. Private keys for these applications can now be stored securely on the device - without requiring additional hardware - by encrypting them with device profile information.

Rob Enderle, Principal Analyst for The Enderle Group, said, ""With the increase in viruses, denial-of-service attacks, system penetrations related to these viruses, and the massive increase in concerns surrounding the lack of adequate security, it has never been more important to have an end-to-end approach to these exposures. Until now, device authentication has been one of the missing links to this end-to-end network requirement. TrustConnector addresses this need."

Phoenix cME TrustConnector enhances security and authentication in all Windows PCs, whether they are new or already deployed on the network. No additional hardware is required, so nothing can be stolen or misplaced. It is easy to deploy because Phoenix cME TrustConnector automatically configures itself to enable maximum security for a given device. It is a non-disruptive innovation because it can be added seamlessly to existing networked devices without any additional user training.

"Attacks are much more sophisticated than they were a few years ago, leaving sensitive data vulnerable to theft or destruction," said Hiroshi Endoh, Senior Executive Manager, Security Business Unit, IT Business Development Sector, NTT DATA CORPORATION. "Without strong authentication, connected devices can become unlocked doors into a network, allowing entry by hackers, viruses, and other malicious intruders. Phoenix has delivered an excellent solution that allows enterprises and governments to enforce security policies at the device level, where most intruders enter the system."

NTT Data, one of the largest system integrators in Japan, and Phoenix have been jointly developing solutions since last year using Phoenix security technology.

"We have a long and powerful history of innovation at the center of x86 devices and we have leveraged that expertise to create core-level security enablement," said Albert E. Sisto, Chairman, President and CEO for Phoenix. "When malicious attacks are launched, their first task is to disable the security system. This is why protective solutions must be built in securely at the core, where they can continue to protect the device and the network from attack."

"Phoenix cME TrustConnector can enhance third-party security products, helping them address the more critical requirements of high-security market segments such as finance, healthcare and government," said John Livingston, CEO of Absolute Software. "These services and software products can be made even more secure and trustworthy than others in the market. The simplicity is also a distinct advantage because integration and deployment are very easy, and no extra hardware is required."

Phoenix is working with industry-leading partners to integrate TrustConnector with their products and services. This helps security application vendors and systems integrators provide a higher assurance solution to meet strict customer requirements for business protection. For enterprise users, Phoenix cME TrustConnector improves the effectiveness of existing security infrastructure because it integrates digital device credentials into applications such as anti-virus, VPN and "authentication, authorization and administration" (AAA) products.

Phoenix cME TrustConnector delivers several key advantages and benefits:

The cryptographic algorithm implementations used in Phoenix cME TrustConnector have been validated as conformant to standards specified in Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). The software is a finalist for the best new product award at FOSE. Phoenix is also working with a number of partners and customers to enable and deliver strong device authentication at the core of digital machines.

This week, Phoenix will be demonstrating TrustConnector at its Booth 2245 at FOSE. The product is generally available now.

About Phoenix
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 leveraged that core-level experience to develop Core System Software, which moves beyond BIOS for the age of networked devices. Phoenix solutions activate, secure, connect, and recover the world's best-known systems. These solutions are built into the core of the device 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. Visit

Phoenix, Phoenix Technologies, TrustConnector, and cME are registered trademarks of Phoenix Technologies.

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