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DIGIPASS CertiID capability embedded in DIGIPASS Key 200 and DIGIPASS Key 860

by david.nunes

DIGIPASS CertiID now also available for Linux and MacOS X

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois and ZURICH, Switzerland – December 2, 2010 – VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VDSI; www.vasco.com), a leading software security company specializing in strong authentication products, announces that its PKI based solution DIGIPASS CertiID now is embedded in DIGIPASS Key 200 and DIGIPASS Key 860. By embedding DIGIPASS CertiID into the client devices VASCO ensures zero footprint installation. Furthermore, the software suite and embedded editions of DIGIPASS CertiID are now also available for Linux and MacOS X.

DIGIPASS CertiID and the DIGIPASS Key devices are part of VASCO’s PKI based authentication offering. DIGIPASS CertiID is VASCO’s PKI based client software suite. DIGIPASS Key 200 is a USB key with PKI smart card, secure USB mass storage with the possibility of integrating RFID technology for physical access. DIGIPASS Key 860 is a smart card ID device combining PKI with OTP technology and with secure USB mass storage. The solutions are suited for deployment in:

  • Banks: especially for corporate banking where customers execute high volume transactions with high risk.
  • Enterprises: where digital signature of e-mail, documents or contracts is required. But also for secure access to PCs, laptops and documents including Windows logon, secure VPN access, booth encryption and the secure exchange of documents via USB encryption partition.
  • Government: where digital signature is required to prove citizens legal identity, or for digital signature of transaction such as tax payment, or secure access to e-government services.

DIGIPASS CertiID embedded

DIGIPASS CertiID capability has been embedded both into DIGIPASS Key 200 and DIGIPASS Key 860. The DIGIPASS CertiID software is stored into the CD-Rom memory disk partition of the DIGIPASS Key devices. The storage of DIGIPASS CertiID on the devices ensures a zero footprint and cost efficient installation. The devices are plug & play requiring limited to no administration and device management. The PIN and PUK codes are initialized on first use. This can either be done in user mode, where the initialization is done by the end-user or in administrator mode, in case the devices are part of a larger integrated system deployment. Next to the embedded edition, DIGIPASS CertiID remains available as stand alone software suite for specific deployments for instance for the deployment of PKI log-in.

Hardened browser

For banks, VASCO has developed a Firefox based secure browser which can be stored on the CD-Rom memory disk partition of the DIGIPASS Key 200 and DIGIPASS Key 860. Both USB keys have an encrypted memory partition on which confidential data are stored and through which secret keys and the access to these keys are protected by smart card technology. This secured or hardened browser will guide online banking customers straight to the correct URL, thus offering enhanced protection against phishing, man-in–the-middle and man-in-the-browser attacks. When executing a transaction, the banking customer will plug his DIGIPASS Key into the USB-port of the PC. The browser will be launched, going directly to the bank’s URL. In doing so, it will execute two-factor authentication and create certificate based mutual authentication; the bank knows that an authorized user who uses  embedded and certified software is going online to perform a secured transaction.

The hardened browser capability of DIGIPASS Key 200 and DIGIPASS Key 860 are Identrust and Trustgate compliant.

“We see that the market demand for PKI-based solution is maturing. Enterprises however are sometimes reticent towards the adoption of PKI, as they consider it too complex. With our PKI-based offering we demonstrate that the deployment of PKI can be straightforward and easy to use. As a result we continue to invest in making our PKI-based solutions even more user-friendly. Today we prove this again by embedding DIGIPASS CertiID capability into the devices, making the solution easy to install, manage and cost efficient. Furthermore with the hardened browser we offer banks with improved solutions to combat phishing, man-in-the-browser and other security threats,” says Jan Valcke, COO and President at VASCO Data Security.

VASCO will showcase DIGIPASS CertiID at Cartes 2010 in Paris-Nord Villepinte – Exhibition Centre (stand 4j056 and 4j052) – France on 7, 8 and 9 December 2010. This year, VASCO reinforces its presence on the show with two booths. At the first VASCO booth, the company will present its newest solutions such as the innovations in its card reader product line, and its hosted authentication solution offering “DIGIPASS as a Service”. At the second booth VASCO’s vision in terms of digital signatures, electronic signatures and user authentication on a single platform is demonstrated with VASCO’s customers’ applications, be it enterprise, employee or consumer applications.


VASCO is a leading supplier of strong authentication and e-signature solutions and services specializing in Internet security applications and transactions. VASCO has positioned itself as global software company for Internet security serving a customer base of more than 10,000 companies in more than 100 countries, including over 1,500 international financial institutions. VASCO’s prime markets are the financial sector, enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government.

Reference is made to VASCO’s public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for further information regarding VASCO and its operations.

This document may contain trademarks of VASCO Data Security International, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including VASCO, the VASCO “V” design, DIGIPASS, VACMAN, aXsGUARD and IDENTIKEY.

For more information contact:
Jochem Binst, +32 2 609 97 00,

Frauke De Graeve

VASCO Data Security
The Authentication Company
HQ: Koningin Astridlaan 164 – 1780 Wemmel – Belgium

tel : +32 2 609 97 00
fax: +32 2 609 97 09

My Direct Line: +32 2 609 97 42
e-mail : Frauke.DeGraeve@vasco.com

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