Privaris, a provider of personal, biometric identity verification solutions, announced the availability of its plusID 75, a multi-function personal identity verification token that leverages Bluetooth
technology for secure wireless logical access.
Usually, network administrators have to rely on user names and passwords, PINs, smart cards, or one-time password tokens. All these can be lost, shared, stolen, or compromised, which leaves the networks susceptible to audit non-compliance and security breaches.
PlusID’s biometrics-based identity verification solutions overcome all these difficulties by performing authentication via a user’s unique physical characteristic—his or her fingerprint. Administrators can also set a logon via USB and physical access to secured buildings and facilities via low and high frequency
“Organizations have been struggling with network access security challenges for years, particularly with regard to combating inside hacker threats, mounting maintenance costs and employee pushback surrounding convenience and privacy issues,” said John Petze, President and CEO at Privaris, in a statement.
Petze continue: “Traditional approaches such as passwords and smart cards are expensive to manage, and in the case of smart cards, expensive to deploy because they require peripheral readers to be installed on every PC. With that in mind, we’ve developed a wireless identity-verification solution that combines the innovation and convenience of Bluetooth with the security and privacy of a personal biometrics-based token.”
Privaris’ Bluetooth technology (2.45 GHz) has an added layer of encryption during data transmission for heightened security. So, the the plusID token will only be used for secure wireless access to PCs, networks, and VPNs– supporting file encryption and secure email websites, file and software applications.
The plusID 75 identifies itself to PCs and laptops exactly as a smart card does (via ISO 7816 compliance). This eliminates the requirement of additional middleware
or equipment. The solution also works with select single sign-on (SSO) software. The plusID family of solutions is built to withstand digital and physical attack and they are tamper-resistant.
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