Secure and portable password management
In today?s corporate environments, 40 to 80% of helpdesk calls are due to password management issues (Forrester 2001). Password codes needed for logging on to desktops and corporate networks are easily forgotten or corrupted, resulting in helpdesk overloads and ultimately employees spending office hours resolving time-consuming password issues. GemSafe Logon from Gemplus is a smart card based solution that in a simple and user-friendly fashion solves issues related to password management. Users are provided with a tool to conveniently store their passwords and manage application logons.
Strong password policy
Today, the second most costly request to IT helpdesks is reset of passwords (Gartner 2001). We often find ourselves looking for confidential passwords scrabbled down post-it notes, when in reality anyone with dishonest intentions can take advantage of such disclosed information. GemSafe Logon makes passwords inaccessible to anyone but their rightful owners, strengthening the overall security strategy:
Strong password policy for MIS departments
Reduced helpdesk support costs - Strong password policy for MIS departments
Portability and convenience for end-users
All passwords are securely managed through one wallet- and user-friendly card, facilitating simple, secure and portable password management for end-users in corporate networks.
Smart cards for password integrity
So, why smart cards for password management? In order for enterprises to address issues associated with passwords, those need to be locked in a secure, removable medium, hence the chip of a portable smart card. As the card governs PC access, users can easily shield their workstation from unauthorized access by simply removing it from the reader.
Also, companies can enforce a more secured password policy. Since the user does not have to remember all his/her passwords, an organization can request from its members to use more complex ones; a different password for each application without having to write them down.
How it works
When logging on to a PC and/or network, the user is prompted to enter his/her password. A GemSafe Logon card is inserted in a card reader, which reads the password stored on the chip allowing login access. GemSafe Logon software automatically associates each of the multiple passwords and login information stored in the card to the corresponding application, such as SAP, Microsoft Outlook, Windows Logon etc.
When leaving the PC unattended, the card is removed, invoking the application in use to be locked through a secure screen saver requesting the user to again insert card and enter PIN for further access. To fully utilize the portability of the smart card, mobile end-users can also store their favorite URLs in the smart card.
Support login to the following Applications*
Windows Logon, SAP, Business Object, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft I.E. 5.5, Lotus, Oracle
Storage favorite URLs
Emergency access to locked Windows sessions if card lost or broken
User / Administration tools
Change PIN, Unlock card
Customize and enforce a security policy unique to each corporation
Windows NT, 2000 and XP
* Additional applications can be defined with the administration tool.
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