Security Gets Easier for IBM ThinkPad Notebooks and NetVista Desktops

Strengthening Levels of Trust in a Personal Computing Environment

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SAN JOSE, CA - 19 Feb 2002: IBM today built new levels of trust into personal computing with the announcement of new Client Security Software that simplifies several PC security tasks. This includes support for optional fingerprint readers and proximity badges to verify user identity and help protect confidential information, easier file and folder encryption, and elimination of the need to carry a separate key fob to generate codes for Virtual Private Networks.

At the RSA 2002 Conference on e-security and cryptography today, IBM announced that in addition to numerous usability improvements, Client Security Software Version 3.0 is also compatible with IBM's Tivoli security management software, which allows organizations to control access to applications and data based on security policies and rules.Version 3.0 helps set policies, such as requiring different forms of authentication for actions like sending an e-mail. It also provides local file encryption for securing critical files and administration utilities for managing cryptographic keys. Relying on the personal computing industry's only embedded cryptographic security chip to date, the software integrates these security measures using industry-standard interfaces such as MS-CAPI and PKCS #11.

"Usability and trust are extremely important in the long-term PC ownership experience," says Rich Fennessy, vice president of marketing, IBM Personal Computing Division. "Today's announcement is focused on those concerns, making it easier for companies to create a secure computing environment. Simplifying everyday tasks like using passwords and encrypting files are some of the most effective ways we can build trust into PCs. And for notebook customers who need higher levels of trust, this software simplifies the introduction of optional biometrics such as new, low-cost fingerprint readers."

And at the PartnerWorld 2002 conference in San Francisco, IBM announced that CompuCom, the Digital Infrastructure Technology Company, is its first PC Solutions business partner trained in customer implementation of the IBM Embedded Security Subsystem.