Phoenix and SafeNet to Develop Integrated Authentication Solution

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 entered a strategic partnership with SafeNet to provide secure authentication for users and devices connecting to a network through a VPN. Phoenix cME TrustConnectorTM will be integrated with SafeNet's government-standard VPN client, HighAssuranceTM Remote, to provide hardened authentication mechanisms that allow only trusted devices onto the network. TrustConnector will bind user credentials to the device, thereby enabling device level authentication.

"By partnering with Phoenix, we are able to provide a stronger authentication to the networks that includes user and device credentials," said Chris Fedde, General Manager and Senior Vice President for SafeNet. "This allows our customers to enforce device-specific access policies, which will help to maintain the integrity and trust in their networks, protect their data, and support their business continuity."

With Phoenix cME TrustConnector, digital credentials are built into the core of the machine, so they cannot be transferred to another machine. When a user tries to connect to the network through a VPN, the machine must present its credentials, which identify the specific user and the specific device as if they were a single unit. Even if the credentials are stolen and used on a different device, network access will be denied. This delivers a significantly increased level of assurance - ideal network protection against external and internal threats.

"The network may be exposed to unknown vulnerabilities if connected devices are not sufficiently secure," said Michael Goldgof, Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Products Division for Phoenix. "VPNs are one way security threats such as Trojans and worms can enter a company's network. and enterprises must ensure that only authorized and trusted devices are gaining access. Phoenix Technologies is uniquely qualified to solve this problem by binding user credentials to the device, leveraging our long history as the leader in core system software."

Licensed by the Department of Defense for government-wide use, HighAssurance Remote provides high assurance VPN capabilities to desktops and portable computers for all versions of Microsoft Windows including XP, enabling secure client-to-client or client-to-gateway communications over wireless LANs, TCP/IP networks, and dial-up connections. This enhanced client software product offers unparalleled extended features to remote access users connecting to the corporate VPN, protecting the user from growing hazards posed by hackers wielding tools like Trojan horses, spyware, and other malicious code.

Phoenix cME TrustConnector further improves the effectiveness of existing security infrastructure by incorporating device profile and validation or authentication to applications such as anti-virus, VPN, and Authentication, Authorization and Administration (AAA) products. It also co-exists with the entire Phoenix portfolio of trusted computing products to create a built-in chain of trust that includes anti-virus protection, data recovery, system recovery, and more.

Phoenix has extended its concept of a "chain of trust" directly into the Windows operating system through TrustConnector. This is a universal CSP (cryptographic service provider) component for Windows machines that incorporates native "platform sensing" technology to examine the unique hardware fingerprint of every x86 system and to activate the highest trust level possible for that system within the context of enterprise or personal security policy. Phoenix cME TrustConnector will turn Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)-based policy enforcement features of common software applications and network infrastructure products into policy enforcement mechanisms securely anchored to specific devices.

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. 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. Visit

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

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