RSA Security Introduces RSA SecurID Card Studio

RSA SecurID Card Studio Newest Edition to RSA Single Sign-on Portfolio

BEDFORD, Mass., March 5 /PRNewswire/ — RSA Security Inc. (Nasdaq: RSAS), the most trusted name in e-security(TM), today announced RSA SecurID(R) Card Studio, a cryptographic smart card personalization system that enables a single card to be programmed for network access, digital credentials, physical building access and corporate identification. RSA SecurID Card Studio is designed to enable organizations to deploy smart cards quickly and effectively throughout the enterprise by allowing them to securely personalize and manage the deployment of their smart cards.

RSA SecurID Card Studio is the newest addition to the RSA Single Sign-on Portfolio, designed to allow customers to sign on to their system once and gain access to multiple applications. RSA SecurID Card Studio significantly reduces administrative and security costs by providing businesses with the functionality to personalize their own RSA SecurID 3100 Smart Cards, issue new cards and easily replace lost cards. It also simplifies the user experience by combining multiple applications, such as system access, corporate IDs and building access, onto a single smart card. RSA Security offers a comprehensive secure smart card solution to improve security, increase the overall return on investment and enhance the protection of the customer’s single digital credential through single sign-on.

“We chose RSA Security to help us deploy smart cards because it has a proven track record for trusted authentication solutions and seamless integration with RSA Keon PKI software,” said Stan Borawski, deputy administrator and project manager at the State of Michigan, department of treasury audit division. “We are currently using RSA SecurID Smart Cards as a cost-effective way to manage network access and digital credentials. We selected RSA SecurID 3100 smart cards to protect access to our new, rule-based ESKORT tax audit system. We believe that using RSA SecurID Card Studio could reduce overhead costs and help us more efficiently create and deploy smart cards to our employees.”

When a field auditor at the State of Michigan sits down to begin work, the RSA SecurID 3100 Smart Card is placed in a reader and the user is prompted for a PIN. The smart card and PIN are validated by the RSA Keon Desktop software, which allows the user to unlock the desktop system, and also provides a secure container for digital credentials. The smart card authentication credentials are used for single sign-on access to network applications via Internet or dial-up connection. The RSA SecurID 3100 Smart Card remains in the reader while the auditor is using the system. When the smart card is removed from the reader, the desktop is automatically locked, helping prevent unauthorized access to the system.

“The RSA SecurID Card Studio improves the convenience of deploying a single cryptographic smart card for secure authentication to multiple applications,” said Charles Kolodgy, research manager for International Data Corporation (IDC). “We believe that smart cards are becoming a critical component of e-security initiatives within enterprises. With the RSA SecurID Card Studio, it will be easier for enterprises to administer and deploy smart card solutions. Cards allow complete credential portability and can be used for single sign-on login access to the desktop, the network, and the applications.”

The RSA SecurID Card Studio management system includes an electronic Smart Card personalization system that automatically formats chips for RSA Keon PKI, generates key pairs, requests certificates from the RSA Keon Certificate Server, and creates a photo ID for smart cards. It also includes imaging software, camera and printer for designing and producing cards, and provides an integrated magnetic stripe reader and supports pre-programmed proximity access cards for use with physical building access readers.

RSA SecurID Card Studio adds to the RSA Single Sign-on Portfolio of products by enhancing the protection of digital credentials. It also demonstrates the company’s commitment to delivering trusted smart card solutions. Both RSA SecurID Card Studio and RSA SecurID 3100 Smart Cards are designed to provide secure single sign-on to the desktop, the network and to applications through seamless integration with RSA Keon Advanced PKI and RSA BSAFE toolkits.

“RSA Security is a leader in the authentication market and continues to expand its authenticator product line beyond the RSA SecurID time-synchronous tokens. This is evidenced by our continued commitment to our best-of-breed smart card solutions,” said Bill McQuaide, vice president of product marketing at RSA Security. “RSA SecurID Card Studio completes the RSA Single Sign-on Portfolio and combines multiple functions into a single smart card. It is designed to be a critical part of any organization’s smart card infrastructure, and to enable organizations to personalize and deploy smart cards, increase security, and significantly improve their overall return on investment.”

Pricing and Availability

RSA SecurID Card Studio is available immediately through RSA Security. For more information, please visit or call 1-877-RSA-4900.

About RSA Security Inc.

RSA Security Inc., the most trusted name in e-security(TM), helps organizations build secure, trusted foundations for e-business through its RSA SecurID(R) two-factor authentication, RSA BSAFE(R) encryption and RSA Keon(R) digital certificate management systems. With more than a half billion RSA BSAFE-enabled applications in use worldwide, more than eight million RSA SecurID users and almost 20 years of industry experience, RSA Security has the proven leadership and innovative technology to address the changing security needs of e-business and bring trust to the new, online economy. RSA Security can be reached at .

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