ActivCard Launches Advanced Remote Access Solution for Secure Identity Management

Provides Strong ROI and Up to 75 Percent Cost Reductions Over Leased Tokens

FREMONT, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — ActivCard(R) (Nasdaq: ACTI; Nasdaq Europe: ACTI), the leader in IDentity Management (IDM) software, today announced the worldwide availability of ActivPack(TM) AAA Server 5.2 and ActivPack(TM) for Windows(R) 4.5, offering a secure remote access system that enables dramatic reductions in remote access costs — as much as 75% for global enterprises — compared to the total cost of ownership (TCO) of leased token alternatives. ActivPack also offers customers the ability to move beyond a token approach to multi-function authentication solutions with the same back-office infrastructure for secure dial-up, VPN, web, and wireless LAN access.

The new upgraded versions of ActivPack provide four key new features sought by IT managers, security officers and remote access system administrators responsible for managing remote access:

— Secure authentication for Web access.
— Secure authentication for terminal server login, including Citrix(R) Metaframe(R) and Microsoft(R) Terminal Services.
— Secure authentication for wireless LAN access.
— Secure Windows Login that replaces standard Windows login with secure One Time Passwords.

“We replaced our legacy leased token deployment with ActivCard’s ActivPack remote access system for an initial 6,000 of our 20,000 remote access users and quickly reduced our administration costs by 75 percent. Our previous token system had frequently desynchronized, creating a significant workload for the hotline and maintenance team,” said Vincent Cremin, Deputy CIO and IT Risk Manager at a European-based, market-leading supplier of energy and transportation infrastructure systems. “ActivPack quickly reduced our security infrastructure costs. It is the only system we found that plugs directly into our enterprise LDAP directory, which strengthens and centralizes the administration of identity credentials,” Mr. Cremin continued. ActivPack, a RADIUS and TACACS+ strong authentication, authorization and administration (AAA) server, protects critical enterprise assets by enabling deployments of two-factor authentication devices including keypad tokens, soft tokens, USB keys, and smart cards. The system offers a scalable AAA solution for verifying authentication requests and administering authentication policies across enterprise networks that now can be accessible securely any time, from anywhere by authorized users.

Secure Web Access and Windows Login
ActivPack now provides strong, reliable 2-factor authentication to web applications such as Microsoft Outlook Web Access(TM) (OWA). This new feature of ActivPack provides not only employees, but also partners, customers and vendors access to privileged information on-line. ActivPack provides strong One Time Password (OTP) authentication for any website running on Microsoft IIS, Sun(TM) ONE, iPlanet(TM), Netscape(R), or Apache(R) web servers. Secure Windows Login replaces Windows Login credentials with OTP. Its increased security benefits make users happy by eliminating the need to remember long, complex passwords that change every 30 days.

Securing The Enterprise Wireless LAN
ActivPack’s new versions help secure wireless LAN access and close well-known security loopholes by adding strong authentication to leading 802.1x solution providers such as Microsoft(R), Cisco(R), and Funk(R) or VPN providers such as Check Point(TM), Cisco(R), and Vernier(TM) Networks.

Secure Server-based Virtual Desktop Access
ActivPack’s new secure terminal server access allows users to secure their connections to server computing environments, including Citrix Metaframe and Microsoft Terminal Server. This type of support is a boon to IT organizations that have added server-based computing to their infrastructure to cut costs. The ActivPack login provides additional security without adding extra steps for the end-user.

Only Remote Access Solution That Plugs Into LDAP Directory
The ActivPack AAA Server 5 series is the first authentication server to plug directly into any enterprise’s existing LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) directory. ActivPack fully integrates with all v3 LDAP-compliant directories, enabling users and their access rights to be managed centrally without the need to modify the existing corporate directory infrastructure. This eliminates costly dual administration of remote access users. Unlike with the RSA Secure ID(R) token system, there is no necessity to manage a separate database of users.

“We chose ActivPack because it was the only remote access solution that cost-effectively manages one-time passwords, allowing us to comply with a new government mandate that requires changing static passwords every 90 days,” said Ron Ferriegel, Network Analyst, Maricopa County, Arizona.

Pricing and Availability
ActivPack is available now. In the U.S. call 1-800-529-9499 for more information or 1-510-574-0100. In the UK call +44-0-1784-898-240. E-mail:

Pricing: ActivPack is available in two versions — ActivPack AAA Server 5.2 and ActivPack for Windows 4.5.

— ActivPack 5.2 is designed for companies that have deployed an enterprise directory for identity management. It is available on Windows and Solaris(TM) platforms and is priced at U.S. $100 per user. Volume pricing is available.
— ActivPack for Windows 4.5 is designed for companies with a Windows environment that have not deployed an enterprise directory. It is priced at U.S. $100 per user. Volume pricing is available.

ActivPack also integrates with ActivCard’s complete product suite of Identity Management software products, including secure desktop, secure sign-on and digital identity card solutions and complements all of the market leaders in identity provisioning and directories.

About ActivCard
ActivCard is the leader in IDentity Management (IDM) software for remote access, secure sign-on and digital ID card solutions. Our scalable IDM and strong authentication solutions are trusted by organizations — from enterprise to governments around the world. ActivCard IDM systems deliver maximum Return On Identity(TM) (ROI) through increased security, reduced cost, and user convenience. The modular product design allows our customers to add capabilities as required, preserving their investment.

NOTE: ActivCard is a registered trademark and ActivPack and Return on Identity are trademarks in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.

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