IronKey and ActivIdentity team to deliver authentication for mobile workers


IronKey, the leader in secure and managed portable computing solutions, and ActivIdentity Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTI), a global leader in strong authentication and credential management, in February 2010 announced that they have teamed to deliver a comprehensive solution that enables government agencies and enterprises to utilize Common Access Card (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials as a second factor when authenticating to an IronKey multifunction security device.

Integration with the ActivIdentity ActivClient™ smart card middleware enables a second factor when authenticating to an IronKey device. This provides not only strong authentication, but significantly streamlines IronKey activation, making it even easier to deploy the devices. Many U.S. Government agencies, including those of the Department of Defense (DoD), rely upon ActivIdentity for their CAC/ PIV authentication solution. By working with ActivIdentity, IronKey becomes interoperable with all ActivIdentity CAC/PIV implementations in the U.S. Government, DoD, and elsewhere. In addition to using the CAC/PIV smart card to unlock an IronKey device, once the CAC/PIV smart card has been removed from the associated PC, the IronKey device is automatically locked.

“We are pleased to team with IronKey to deliver proven technology that will add strategic value to our customers,” said Jerome Becquart, vice president of products and services at ActivIdentity. “We believe our combined solution will not only help to solve current challenges for our customers but also create future growth opportunities as the market evolves.”

“This is a great example of two world-class technology leaders coming together to benefit their common customers – ActivIdentity for CAC/PIV authentication, and IronKey for secure, portable, centrally managed storage,” said Steve Ryan, senior vice president of business development at IronKey. “Our relationship with ActivIdentity enables us to deliver a sophisticated authentication solution that, when combined with an IronKey device, strengthens security, reduces organizational risk, and provides convenience for IronKey government customers.”

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IronKey is the global leader in providing secure and managed portable storage, authentication, and trusted virtual computing solutions for mobile workers. IronKey multi-function portable security devices, management software and associated services are designed to meet the security, performance, and privacy standards of the most demanding enterprise and government customers. IronKey solutions range from IronKey Basic, the world’s most secure USB flash drive, to the IronKey Enterprise Virtual Desktop solution for carrying a secure operating system and virtual desktop environment on a pocket-sized device. IronKey works with industry leaders in virtualization, storage and security, including Lockheed Martin, McAfee, MokaFive, RSA, RingCube and VeriSign to extend the applications of its secure mobile computing platform. IronKey products are FIPS 140-2, Level 3 validated. Thousands of customers use IronKey, including Fortune 500 companies, enterprise organizations in financial services, healthcare and legal markets, as well as government agencies, including FEMA, NATO and DHS.

ActivIdentity Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTI) is a global leader in strong authentication and credential management, providing solutions to confidently establish a person’s identity when interacting digitally. For more than two decades the company’s experience has been leveraged by security-minded organizations in large-scale deployments such as the U.S. Department of Defense, Nissan, and Saudi Aramco. The company’s customers have issued more than 100 million credentials, securing the holder’s digital identity. ActivIdentity is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, visit

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