Regular smart card architectures are known to be relatively expensive, imply due thought processes and a well-planned management scheme and infrastructure. While those investments in bigger companies are often based on compliance requirements, smaller organizations do not necessarily need such products for operations like digital signature, but mainly for regular IT security, data and email encryption. Also, the digital certificates and management tools are often under fewer restrictions.
The virtual token drive from charismathics targets just this market. USB flash drives are all-around in the IT environment. By implementing the new software, not only do they turn into smart card “alikes”, but they also enable standard software applications such as Windows Logon, Microsoft Outlook, Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Word and their inbuilt user identity mechanisms to allow for strong security enhancements. The user is even able to choose his digital identity from trusted Certificate Authorities, this way bridging into real enterprise level security.
The charismathics virtual token drive combines the company’s well-known CSSI middleware with a virtual smart card, and can be installed on all Windows and Apple MacBooks. It requires Windows XP and higher, or Mac OS X.5 and higher.
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