4/29/2004 - 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 Infosecurity Europe 2004 trade show in London. This advanced software product enables authentication of devices connected to networks, making 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.
"The best security is rooted at the core of a device, and Phoenix has long been the industry expert in core technology," said Michael Goldgof, Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Products Division for Phoenix. "That makes us the best company to develop these kinds of enabling solutions. Through TrustConnector, we are helping to make third-party security technologies even stronger so businesses can remain operational."
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 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 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 150 at Infosecurity. The product is generally available now.
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 http://www.phoenix.com/
Phoenix, Phoenix Technologies, TrustConnector, and cME are registered trademarks of Phoenix Technologies.
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