Phoenix and Vigilant Tie Documents to Device for Stronger Security

3/31/2004 - 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 partnership with Vigilant Privacy Corporation. The companies are offering a combined solution using Vigilant file encryption software and Phoenix cME Trust Connector to tie encrypted documents, files and servers to specific devices. This allows security-conscious enterprises and organizations to protect confidential documents with two-factor authentication - by verifying that a specific authorized user is on a specific authorized device before granting access to protected items.

"Vigilant is dedicated to keeping important information private and secure, and this becomes ever more important with regulations like HIPPA and Sarbanes-Oxley, along with the drive for Homeland Security" said Joe Colgitore, Senior Vice President at Vigilant Privacy. "Combining Vigilant software with Phoenix cME TrustConnector allows us to deliver the best possible file security - all the way to device level - binding the ability to decrypt documents, files and directories to specific machines."

Phoenix cME TrustConnector, an advanced software product, enables networked device authentication, making them trustworthy and protecting networks against attacks. TrustConnector 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. TrustConnector increases the value of Vigilant software's vital document and file security.

"Enterprises have a significant need to protect documents and files from unauthorized access," said Michael Goldgof, Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Products Division for Phoenix. "As a longtime industry leader in core system software, Phoenix understands the importance of enabling security and trust, right down to the core of every device. We are enabling device level security in files and documents through our partnership with Vigilant."

Phoenix cME TrustConnector is a breakthrough software product, seamlessly enabling device authentication and securely binding user credentials to a specific device. Phoenix has extended its "chain of trust" concept, rooting it in the firmware and tying it directly into the Windows operating system through TrustConnector.

This security-enhancing software product incorporates native "platform sensing" technology, examining the unique hardware fingerprint of every x86 system and activating the highest trust possible for that system within the context of enterprise security policy. Phoenix cME TrustConnector turns 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.

Phoenix cMETrustConnector and Vigilant Privacy software are currently available.

About Vigilant Privacy Corporation
Vigilant Privacy Corporation has developed the first certificate based enterprise deployable file encryption product that leverages Microsoft's Certificate Services and Active Directory. Users can now easily share important information securely with other people both internally and outside the enterprise. With Microsoft Office and Active Directory integration, Vigilant makes security as simple as drag and drop. By leveraging your existing Microsoft infrastructure, Vigilant provides plug and play compatibility for PKI's, CSP's, Tokens, Smartcards, Biometrics, and third-party security applications. Support and management costs are minimized due to Vigilant's use of your existing enterprise support staff eliminating the need for additional security staff and infrastructure. Visit

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 a place in the machine's core, 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 Technologies, TrustConnector, and cME are registered trademarks of Phoenix Technologies.

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