SafeNet and the HSPD-12 Interoperability Consortium Launch Web Site

Sept. 12, 2006 Provides Critical Info to Help Government Agencies Comply with White House Mandates

BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 11, 2006--SafeNet, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFNT), setting the standard for information security, today announced the launch of, a Web site developed by the members of the HSPD-12 Interoperability Consortium to provide government agencies and systems integrators with information on available solutions necessary to comply with White House-issued Homeland Security Directive (HSPD) 12. The directive mandates that all Federal employees and contractors need to use a smart card as identification badges for physical access and logical access to IT resources.

Hosted and maintained by SafeNet, the Web site was built by the industry-leading vendors that comprise the HSPD-12 Interoperability Consortium. It features vendor solutions, white papers, helpful links to partner Web sites and product announcements on the technologies required for mandate compliance. The site will also include Consortium news, sponsored events and will allow customers to submit questions to specific Consortium members.

"This Web site provides clear, concise and relevant information to government agencies and systems integrators," said Chris Fedde, senior vice president and general manager, SafeNet Enterprise Security Division. "As the compliance deadline draws closer, we are pleased to be partnering with the other HSPD-12 Interoperability Consortium members to offer a solution to meet this critical security need."

Formed in June 2006, The HSPD-12 Interoperability Consortium is a partnering of industry-leading vendors committed to providing an interoperable solution to government agencies and system integrators which address the challenges and opportunities of complying with HSPD-12.

The participating "Founding Member" companies and their HSPD-12 compliant component are:

-- SafeNet, Inc. - smart card, authentication and encryption solutions

-- Consul Risk Management, Inc. - security audit and compliance

-- CoreStreet, Ltd. - Provider of certificate validation infrastructure and application software

-- Entrust - Certificate Authority, Shared Service Provider, and Encryption solutions

-- Forum Systems, Inc. - secured systems architecture

-- Precise Biometrics, Inc. - biometric solutions

-- Probaris Technologies - secured business process solutions

-- Intercede - smart card management

-- Omnikey - smart card readers

SafeNet's HSPD-12 Solution and Beyond

Building on its heritage in encryption technology, SafeNet provides technologies that protect and manage data-at-rest, data-in-motion and user identities. Working together, these technologies provide assurance of a secured environment. SafeNet's integrated product line enables customers to utilize technology already in place while leveraging their investment for the future. SafeNet's solutions combine core identity security components with data protection, access control and network communication capabilities.

Borderless Security Smart Card 400

Identity management and data protection require that you know who is accessing your facilities and systems. SafeNet's smart cards achieve this by containing personal authentication digital certificates for each user. Validated for FIPS 201 and FIPS 140-2 with Level 3-validated security, our smart cards are supported by hundreds of applications and contain optional match-on-card biometric authentication support for three-factor authentication.

Borderless Security PK Client Middleware

SafeNet's client Middleware is the public cryptography (PKCS#11 and CAPI supported) software package used with smart cards to authenticate identity. This FIPS 201 certified software can easily be integrated into any PKI-enabled application, to provide both data and physical security.

Borderless Security Credential Management System (CMS)

Digital signatures, private keys, certificates and authentication tokens are only part of the identity management concept. The SafeNet Credential Management System is a Web-based smart card/token and digital credential management system that brings everything together. It is used to issue, manage and support SafeNet cryptographic smart cards for identity-based applications throughout the organization. Its primary features include provisioning, credential management, token life cycle management and token unblocking.

For more information on SafeNet and the HSPD-12 solution, visit

About the HSPD-12 Mandate

On August 27, 2004, in response to the general threat of unauthorized access to physical facilities and logical IT assets, the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-12. The primary objectives of HSPD-12 are the development and deployment of a Federal Government-wide common and reliable identification verification system that will be interoperable between all Government agencies and serve as the basis for reciprocity between those agencies.

HSPD-12 mandates that all Federal employees and contractors need to use a smart card as identification badges for physical access and logical access to IT resources. The mandate is divided up into two parts called Personal Identity Verification parts 1 & 2 (i.e. PIV 1 / PIV 2). PIV 1 established a methodology across the Federal Agencies to properly vet a person's ID. It includes fingerprint checking with the FBI and mandatory background checks for all Federal Employees and contractors. It establishes a baseline that all agencies need to follow to ensure their employees are who they say they are. PIV 2 takes newly established identities and binds them cryptographically to a smart card.

About SafeNet, Inc.

SafeNet is a global leader in information security. Founded more than 20 years ago, the company provides complete security utilizing its encryption technologies to protect communications, intellectual property and digital identities, and offers a full spectrum of products including hardware, software, and chips. UBS, Nokia, Fujitsu, Hitachi, ARM, Bank of America, NetGear, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, Adobe, Samsung, Texas Instruments, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and scores of other customers entrust their security needs to SafeNet. For more information, visit

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