Alternative Technology Organizes HSPD-12 Convergence Team

Team brings together AT with AEP Networks, Novell and Precise Biometrics

"As part of the Team, AEP offers a mission-critical element in the architecture and deployment of the HSPD-12 solution – the AEP Keyper hardware security module (HSM)," said Glenn Fitzgerald, Public Sector Sales, AEP Networks. "Keyper signs the private and public key transactions which, for example, allow a smart card to open a door. Keyper is the only FIPS 140-2 Level 4 HSM in existence. It signs for the Certificate Authority and Validation Authority and protects a root certificate from compromise." AEP Networks offers a comprehensive Policy Networking solution that provides complete security starting at the endpoints and working throughout a network – from the edge to the core. AEP’s integrated portfolio of security products includes network access control enforcement points, identity-based application security gateways, SSL VPNs, IPSec-based VPN encryptors, and hardware security modules for key management. The company’s products address the most demanding security requirements of public-sector organizations and commercial enterprises worldwide.

Christer Bergman, president and CEO of Precise Biometrics, believes that "the positive identification utilizing biometrics is the security lynchpin for HSPD-12 and provides a strong platform for both physical access and computer network access control using the PIV card which far surpasses the existing PIN and password systems in place today. With the use of the Precise 250 MC – a combination fingerprint and smart card reader – an agency can easily incorporate card-based biometric authentication. Precise Biometrics is proud to be working with the caliber of partners within the HSPD-12 Convergence team membership." Precise Biometrics is an innovative security company that supplies world-leading systems for fingerprint and smart card-based authentication. The company's solutions replace keys, PIN codes and passwords and enhance the integrity of ID cards and passports. With its proprietary Precise Match-on-Card technology, the company is a market leader within smart ID cards. The product line includes systems for access control to buildings, computers and networks and for integration into ID cards and passports.

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