Fingerprint Biometric Authentication Added to Security Solutions

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Strategic alliance with Valid Technologies brings strong user authentication to Patrick Townsend security solutions and end-user legacy applications hosted on IBM and non-IBM platforms.

This agreement brings the benefits of VSSA strong user authentication to a broader audience, and greatly increases the body of IT security specialists that can implement VSSA as the core architecture for strong user authentication throughout an Enterprise.

Patrick Townsend & Associates today selected VSSA® from Valid Technologies as the biometric solution of choice to add strong user authentication to its Enterprise security solutions. Effective immediately, companies that deploy the Alliance® suite of IBM System i solutions from Patrick Townsend & Associates can augment password controls and other forms of strong user authentication with the convenient and secure VSSA fingerprint biometric solution. Patrick Townsend & Associates will also support customers in the extension of VSSA® biometric controls to legacy applications across multiple platforms.

Patrick Townsend, President of Patrick Townsend & Associates said, "The IBM System i server holds some of the largest concentrations of sensitive data in the world. Until now customers have not had a solution for strong user authentication in applications that access sensitive data. Our new alliance with Valid Technologies gives us advanced capabilities to deploy the only fingerprint biometric user authentication tool designed for i5/OS. It will help us better serve customer needs for IT resources that are reliable and secure. Our entire suite of data security products on the i5/OS platform, including our NIST certified encryption solutions and our encryption key management server, have been enabled for VSSA® biometric access control. Through our services group we are ready to help customers implement biometric controls in their own legacy applications on IBM and non-IBM platforms."

One common problem plaguing security professionals is controlling the use of shared user IDs and passwords. On the IBM System i platform it is not uncommon to find many different individuals sharing access to privileged user profiles. In reality, it is a problem across all Enterprise server platforms. As recent news events demonstrate, this can lead to tragic lapses in security. Security administrators can plug this security gap with strong biometric authentication and security audit reports using the Townsend solutions.

"This agreement with Patrick Townsend and Associates is an excellent example of the growing integration of VSSA with leading solutions for enterprise computing," said Tom Secreto, CTO at Valid Technologies. "This agreement brings the benefits of VSSA strong user authentication to a broader audience, and greatly increases the body of IT security specialists that can implement VSSA as the core architecture for strong user authentication throughout an Enterprise."

With this new strategic alliance Townsend will support VSSA biometric enablement within the entire line of Townsend solutions. Townsend will also help customers configure enterprise-wide solutions for strong user authentication, enable VSSA installations, and provide ongoing support for VSSA.

About Patrick Townsend & Associates, Inc.
Patrick Townsend & Associates provides data encryption, key management, and security logging solutions to Enterprise customers on a variety of server platforms including IBM System i, IBM System z, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and UNIX. The company can be reached on the web at http://www.patownsend.com or by phone at (800) 357-1019, international +1 (360) 357-8971.

About Valid Technologies and VSSA
Valid Technologies develops solutions that make information technology assets more accessible, more secure, and more trusted by users, managers, regulators, and the public. The company's first product, VSSA (Valid Secure System Authentication), enhances enterprise security by replacing passwords with fingerprint user authentication hosted on the IBM System i. Logons, applications, and transactions running on any platform are easily enabled with VSSA. Centralized authentication processes and secure IBM Journals of each transaction assist control and regulatory compliance. The company can be reached on the web at http://www.validtech.com/, or by phone at 561.997.7171.

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