Athena Smartcard Solutions Releases ASECard for Windows Logon Solution

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Athena Smartcard Solutions will demonstrate its latest Windows Logon and Digital Signature solutions at the CTST, Washington April 26-29

Athena Smartcard Solutions, an affiliate company of Aladdin Knowledge Systems (NASDAQ: ALDN) and provider of cryptographic smart card solutions, today announced the release of ASECard Crypto for Windows version 3.0. ASECard Crypto for Windows, based on the high performance ASECard Crypto smart card, is a 64K byte cryptographic token solution for all Windows smart card services.

ASECard Crypto for Windows version 3.0 supports Windows smart card logon, e-mail signing and encryption, smart card secured VPN, SSL, Terminal Services, Run As and secure storage of Microsoft CA root certificates. In version 3.0 additional support was added to Checkpoint VPN, Adobe Acrobat 6.0 in addition to the previously supported third party solutions such as Citrix, Entrust, PGP, SSH, and Netscape.

The new release includes support for multiple containers, importing, exporting and viewing certificates, automatic loading of certificates to the PC certificate store, and improved performance, ASECard Crypto for Windows users experience LAN logon times of under 2 seconds and unmatched performance in Terminal Services remote logon.

Administrators also gain access to powerful card personalization tools and flexible security profile management. Windows Smart Card Logon with full support for User, Unblock, and Administrator passwords and password complexity rules, smart card enrollment can start minutes after installation of the ASECard Crypto for Windows Integration Kit.

The ASECard for Windows Starter Kit includes cards, software licenses, the ASEDrive IIIe smart card reader and a CD containing all drivers, Personalization and Card Manager tools as well as full documentation.

All Athena products are made in Japan and are supported worldwide by Athena’s offices and professional distributor network.

ASECard Crypto products are also available from Athena’s web site at: .

About Athena Smartcard Solutions

Athena Smartcard Solutions, an affiliate company of Aladdin Knowledge Systems (NASDAQ: ALDN), is a world leader in the field of smart card integration platforms for PCs and embedded systems. Athena's products include ASECard Crypto smart card, ASECard Crypto for Windows, the ASECard Crypto SDK, ASECard Crypto PKCS#11 and CAPI middleware and smart card infrastructure software, ASEDrive IIIe, the leading line of professional and versatile smart card readers available in USB, Serial, Keyboard, PC Internal version and a Motorized reader version; ASE-ES II, Athena's innovative solution for integrating smart cards into any electronic device. Athena serves its customers through offices located in Tokyo, North America, and Israel as well as a network of professional distributors in selected countries.

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