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Baltimore Technologies Partners with Datakey

Baltimore Technologies, a provider of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems, formed a partnership with Datakey Inc., a supplier of cryptographic information security solutions that deliver a certificate-based smart card solution for strong, end user authentication.

With the integration of Datakey's SignaSURE smart card product and Baltimore's UniCERT Certificate Authority system, users can be identified and authenticated using two-actor authentication--resulting in a security solution suited for a wide range of electronic commerce and remote access applications, the companies said.

"The ability to process private key operations and securely store digital certificates in a smart card is critical for strong, mobile authentication," said Carl P. Boecher, president and CEO of Datakey.

Datakey's SignaSURE CIP (Cryptographic Interface Provider) provides on-card processing and storage of private cryptographic data that enables user identification and authentication, secure data exchange, and information validation.

Critical private key operations are performed on the smart card allowing a much higher level of information security than is provided by software-only systems. Datakey smart cards provide the user with the additional security of two-factor authentication: something they know (a passphrase or PIN) and something they have (a personal smart card). In addition, the smart cards give the users portability of their digital certificate. They can gain access to applications from any computer or workstation location.

"Security is one of the most important factors in successfully deploying smart card technologies for use in electronic commerce and remote access applications," said Fran Rooney, president and CEO of Dublin, Ireland-based Baltimore Technologies. "Baltimore selected Datakey as a smart card partner due to their leadership in providing advanced security features and adherence to industry standards such as PKCS#11."