aptiQ smart card technology adds new enterprise password management for Windows
CARMEL, IN – July 30, 2012 – Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies announced that aptiQ™ smart card users can now deploy the Access Smart® Power LogOn® as their password manager for Windows. No longer will employees have to self-manage their passwords, a practice which can easily lead to an expensive company security breach.
“When employees self-manage their passwords, the network access authentication becomes very insecure. Passwords are written down, simple passwords are used and the same password is used for multiple sites and applications,” explains Dovell Bonnett, Access Smart founder and CEO. “IT administrators using Power LogOn in combination with aptiQ smart cards can now easily add secure network access authentication. Businesses of all sizes must comply with state and federal privacy protection laws and cyber criminals are aggressively targeting businesses. Power LogOn securely authenticates a user before they are allowed past the firewall.”
“Smart cards are seen by security experts as the best way to authenticate users since many require multi-factor authentication,” adds Jeremy Earles, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies portfolio manager, credentials and readers. “Now, users of aptiQ smart cards can extend such security throughout their network. Computers, networks, web sites and applications, needing a user name and password, will now automatically launch and enter strong logon credentials with only two mouse-clicks.”
According to Bonnet, an enterprise password manager is the first line of network defense because organizations need to know who is really knocking on their network’s “front door.” Network access authentication safeguards a company’s network and implements the data security protection required for HIPAA, HITECH, FACTA, CJIS and other compliance standards, typically controlled by user-managed PINs. Using Power LogOn and aptiQ smart cards, employees will better protect their company’s computers, networks and data from cyber thieves. The combination of both physical and logical access control on a single badge offers security, convergence and low cost of ownership.
About Access Smart
Headquartered in Ladera Ranch, California, Access Smart, LLC is dedicated to empowering businesses, agencies and institutions to securely regain control over their computer network authentication and data access authorization. Security does not have to be cumbersome to be effective. That is why our products are designed using state-of-the-art security technologies while focusing on ease-of-use and low-cost-of-ownership. Security should never be a luxury, especially with rampant data breaches and privacy regulations. Please contact Access Smart as to discuss how best to implement Authentication, Authorization and Non-Repudiation into your business. Access Smart – The Easy, Affordable Alternative to PKI. For more information about Access Smart, please visit http://www.Access-Smart.com .
About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies’ market-leading products include electronic and biometric access control systems; time-and-attendance and personnel scheduling systems; mechanical locks; portable security; door closers, exit devices, architectural hardware, and steel doors and frames; and other technologies and services for global security markets. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or securitytechnologies.ingersollrand.com.