SCB Solutions, Inc. to Launch SCB Access™, Get Smart – Forget your Passwords!

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SCB AccessÂ? is an affordable solution for Secure Logon and Single Sign-On applications. SCB AccessÂ? brings to a hungry marketplace the convenience and security of smart card technology.

SCB Solutions brings to a hungry marketplace the convenience and security of smart card technology. A user can now access a PC or an application by inserting a smart card and a PIN code. With SCB Access™, usernames and passwords can be securely encrypted and stored on a smart card or key token. Usernames and passwords are then submitted automatically to the appropriate applications. Users need to remember only one password to unlock their smart card or token. All the others can be forgotten; no more need for unsafe stickies to store their passwords.

SCB Access™ consists of three modules:

• SCB Access™ Administration - to manage user profiles and smart card parameters

• SCB Secure Logon™ - to control access to the PC

• SCB Single Sign-On™ - to control access to PC and web applications

Until now, the state of the market has put smart card-based security products out of reach. Only the largest or richest organizations were able to afford the convenience and the security of smart card technology. “Today it costs a minimum $500K for a company to issue smart cards to 2000 employees, and that is just the price of the technology. And since the current solutions are difficult to deploy, with the project management, the training and the other administrative tasks, it could easily turn into a $1 million project over 2 years. We are setting a new standard of pricing that will open the market for opportunities to Fortune 1000 companies, hospitals, universities and other mid-sized enterprises,” says Ronan Lapie, President of SCB Solutions.

SCB Access™ has been designed using well defined technology standards including PC/SC (the Microsoft-led workgroup that set the standard for integrating smart cards and smart card readers into PCs), PKCS (the Public-Key Cryptography Standards are specifications produced by RSA Laboratories) and EMV (the standard established by MasterCard and Visa to ensure interoperability between smart cards).

“The use of mainstream standards gives a great level of confidence to our customers. With SCB Access™ they are dealing with concepts and processes that are already well established,” added Lapie.

This standardized approach will allow SCB Solutions customers to preserve their investment. They can use the smart cards for other applications not provided by SCB Solutions, but most importantly they can select among the widest range of smart cards, and at any time in the future they will be able to add or to switch to other security technology. SCB Solutions is already finalizing the integration of contactless technologies and biometric devices.

“The team developing the software has over 10 years of experience with these security products. These products are built upon the experiences and deployments of hundreds of installations. This release will be the 3rd generation rewritten from scratch incorporating all the learning curve of past deployments. No competitor has anywhere near the experience.”

About SCB Solutions, Inc.

SCB Solutions, Inc. is a provider of smart card and identity technologies. The company portfolio includes integrated smart card applications and products for the education, healthcare and enterprise markets. The SCB Consulting practice is designed to provide strategic, technological and logistical support to enterprises considering new identification and authentication.

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