SOMERSET, N.J., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Raritan today announced that its Paragon(R) II enterprise-class KVM solution -- the industry's first to be offered with an optional integrated smart-card-reader -- has achieved approval under FIPS 201 -- the U.S. Federal government's important standard that specifies Personal Identity Verification (PIV) requirements for Federal employees and contractors.
The Raritan solution -- which provides secure, non-blocked keyboard, video and mouse access to multiple data center servers and other IT equipment from one or more user stations -- supports the use of smart cards, including Common Access Cards (CAC) and PIV cards. The system's integrated reader is built into the Paragon II Enhanced User Station/C.
The FIPS 201 approval has been granted under the category of "Transparent Card Reader." Only FIPS 201-compliant card readers can be used in identity management systems for complying with the U.S. Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12). The directive outlines a common identification standard for authenticating federal employee and contractor access -- both physically and logically -- to federal information systems.
For additional security measures, Paragon II does not store or cache smart card data, requires re-authentication when changing targets, and allows access to a given server by only one user at a time. The Paragon II solution is on the United States GSA schedule of approved FIPS 201 products. More on the solution can be found at http://www.Raritan.com/Cat5-KVM.
For a look at how the U.S. Department of Defense is using Raritan's solution, please visit http://www.raritan.com/PressReleases/August152007.
About Raritan (Raritan.com)
Raritan, based in Somerset, N.J., is a leading provider of management solutions that simplify IT operations and enables data center efficiency through dynamic power management tools. Based on KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switches, serial console servers, management software, power management and remote connectivity, our secure solutions drive data center and branch office efficiency and productivity in more than 50,000 locations around the world. Raritan also serves the OEM market by developing advanced, hardware-based, remote-management components based on KVM-over-IP and IPMI technologies. Founded in 1985, Raritan today has 38 offices worldwide, and its products are distributed in 76 countries.
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