OBERURSEL, Germany, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Developed by Utimaco, the CardMan Smartcard reader is the first world-wide to obtain Microsoft's PC/SC certificate. It is the only chipcard reader on Microsoft's Hardware Compatibility List with the logo "designed for Windows 95/98/NT." CardMan supports the plug & play capabilities of Windows 95/98 and NT 5.0 as well as the ISO 7816 standard. The CardMan has already been certified at E2 security level according to the ITSEC (Information Technology Security Evaluation Criteria) standards. This was effected with consideration to the German Signature Law. "With this PC/SC Certificate we have again demonstrated our cutting edge world-wide in the smart card technology for IT security systems," says Kurt Schmid, head of development at Utimaco Safeware AG. PC/SC (Personal Computer/SmartCard) was developed, by Microsoft, among others, to standardize the integration of chipcards and chipcard readers into Windows 32-Bit operating systems. The CardMan chipcard reader is connected to the serial port, so that no external power source is necessary. CardMan is also available in PCMCIA format or integrated into a keyboard. An USB version is presently in development and will be available later this year. PC/SC-compatible integration is effected through a so-called IFD (Interface Device Driver), which can be downloaded from the Utimaco homepage (http://www.utimaco.com/smartcard/cmifd.zip). The chipcard reader can be addressed from applications using Microsoft Smart Card Base Components. These can also be downloaded, in this case from the Microsoft website (http://www.microsoft.com/smartcard). These components are also available on the Windows 98 CD. Based on the above components, Utimaco supplies a CardMan-API with which chipcard cryptographic functions can be addressed. This makes it possible to use intelligent chipcards for authentication, key management and digital signature at a high level of security. With increasing security demands in the IT market, the demand for smart card based solutions is also increasing. Smart cards enable secure authentication based on the knowledge (PIN or password) and possession (card) principle. They are also suitable for storing certificates and encryption keys securely. Smart cards with an integrated crypto-processor can implement cryptographic functions directly on the card, for example a digital signature, so that the keys never leave the smart card. This eliminates any possibility of the key falling into the wrong hands. Within Utimaco's SafeGuard product range CardMan supports the implementation of chipcards in the following areas of application: Electronic Commerce (digital signature), Access Control and Internet Security. Thus the smart card can be used for logon to NT or Novell servers (SafeGuard Advanced Security), for digital signatures in applications such as Outlook, Exchange, Word, Lotus Notes, etc. (SafeGuard Sign&Crypt) and for GSS-API based authentication and encryption on the Internet (SafeGuard VPN). Utimaco Safeware AG specializes in the development and implementation of IT security solutions in the area of notebooks and desktops (authentication, access control, encryption), networks (authentication, encryption) and e-Commerce (digital signature, encryption). The product range covers standard security systems such as toolkits and APIs for realizing customized security projects. With more than 1.3 million licenses sold world-wide and more than 1,000 customers, Utimaco is one of the internationally leading suppliers of IT security systems.
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