updated 11:00 am EST, Thu January 6, 2005
CRYPTO-Server at MWSF
. CRYPTOCard (booth 1442) will demonstrate CRYPTO-Server's CRYPTO-Logon functionality, which takes Mac OS X authentication to the next level by replacing the traditional Mac log-on screen with a one-time password protected log-on screen to provide simple "One-PIN-and-You're-In" secure computer access. CRYPTO-Logon also supports "Fast User Switching," which enables more than one user to gain two-factor authenticated access to the same computer.
CRYPTOCard's solution leverages the familiar ATM-style protocol, which helps eliminate the user resistance usually encountered when organizations attempt to implement an additional layer of security. The enhanced security paradigm couples something in the user's possession (a multi-function smart card, hardware token, or software token), with something the user knows (their PIN), to make it simple to positively identify all Mac users attempting VPN (Cisco or Apple) or Web-based access. The user simply inserts their smart card and enters their PIN to begin work, and, when the user has finished their session, simply removes their authentication device to lock down the computer.
By generating a unique password for every log-on attempt, CRYPTO-Server makes stolen credentials useless to hackers while simultaneously ensuring users no longer have to memorize complicated credentials - significantly reducing the help-desk costs associated with resetting forgotten passwords, and the obvious security risk resulting from users writing down their passwords.
CRYPTO-Server's CRYPTO-Web functionality also provides Mac users with "the world's" first remote two-factor authentication for Apache Web Servers, while its CRYPTO-VPN module provides Mac users with a natively-integrated end-to-end authentication solution for both Apple's and Cisco's VPN.
CRYPTO-Server also allows organizations to create a token-deployment database by simply importing existing company directories and to easily allow administrators to distribute software tokens from any computer, to any user. The software tokens can reside on a user's desktop, laptop, multi-function smart card, or Pocket PC, while the back-end is hosted on a Mac OS X Panther Server.