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Gemalto Card Management SaaS is Available for VARs to Resell

Alternative Technology to Offer Gemalto's Web-based Authentication Device Administration

Gemalto and Alternative Technology are making it easier for small and medium enterprises to achieve the high levels of security in network access and identity management. Alternative Technology will now be offering Gemalto’s new on-demand Device Administration Service (DAS) through its network of 3,000 resellers in the United States and Canada.

Developed and hosted by Gemalto and supported by Alternative Technology, the subscription-based DAS is a comprehensive online service for issuing and administering authentication devices. Following the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, DAS eliminates the need to purchase a server or software.

“Many organizations want to replace passwords with device-based authentication, but implementation cost and complexity can be a barrier,” said John Stubbs, vice president of business development, Alternative Technology. “This new on-demand admin system solves those problems by delivering a very low cost-of-entry, as well as a faster and easier deployment.”

“By putting these administrative functions in the hands of users and channel partners, we have very dramatically simplified the provisioning process for ordering and issuing strong authentication devices,” said Francois Lasnier, vice president and general manager, security, for Gemalto North America. “DAS will appeal to organizations that do not want to invest in a complex in-house device management solution, and to companies interested in running pilots or completing deployments in very short timeframes.”

Gemalto’s innovation enables IT administrators to use a Web browser interface to issue and perform day-to-day management operations on any Gemalto .NET device in the Protiva range, including the new Smart Enterprise Guardian (SEG). DAS also includes an end-user portal with self-service capabilities. This allows users to update or reset PIN codes themselves, or to place digital certificates on their Gemalto .NET smart cards or USB tokens, facilitating rollout.

Once set up using DAS, Gemalto .NET devices are used to secure network access and identities. An on-board computer and software act as a “second factor” required to access information and applications, protecting organizations and individuals from the risks of stolen passwords. The cards and secure USB dongles can also be used to encrypt email, or digitally sign emails or electronic documents. And the latest Gemalto SEG USB device also features PIN protected Flash memory and hard disk encryption capabilities. And Gemalto .NET smart cards can optionally serve as an ID badge for building access, giving employees one credential for both digital security and physical access control.

The DAS service is compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox Web browsers and runs on Windows 2000, XP and Vista operating systems. 8x5 and 24x7 live support plans are available.

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