G&D Offers Middleware for the Secure Integration of Authentication Solutions Into IT Infrastructure


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Munich – December 03, 2009. The new StarSignR Management Suite Client
middleware offered by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) enables various security
elements such as smart cards and USB tokens for user authentication to be
easily connected to company IT systems. The software acts as an interface
between the security elements and IT security applications. The StarSign
Management Suite supports all relevant smart card communications standards.
With this middleware, G&D is one of the first companies to adopt the new
ISO/IEC 24727 standard, which will play a significant role in the future,
especially in public-sector smart card projects – e.g. the European Citizen

Dr. Kai Grassie, Group Senior Vice President and Head of the New Business
division at G&D, explains: “Particularly for companies which use a number of
security elements, the new software will significantly reduce administrative
time and effort while guaranteeing the same level of security. It will also
obviate the need for additional investments in new hardware authentication

Employed in conjunction with the G&D Mobility Token, the new middleware
offers users the advantage of not having to install software on their
computer, or even possess administrative rights. User authentication and
encryption applications are stored on the token alongside the middleware and
the smart card, and can thus be used on any computer.

But it is not only with tokens and smart cards provided by G&D that the
StarSign Management Suite Client can be used. A Software Development Kit
(SDK) also allows users to integrate cards and tokens supplied by
third-party manufacturers into the middleware quickly and easily.

The StarSign Management Suite runs on almost all versions of the common
operating systems (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux). G&D’s middleware
additionally supports the following communications standards: ISO/IEC 24727,
PKCS#11 and CSP for Microsoft CryptoR API.

About Giesecke & Devrient:
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a leading international technology provider
headquartered in Munich, Germany. With a headcount of around 10,000
employees, the Group generated sales of EUR 1.7 billion in fiscal 2008.
Founded in 1852, G&D is a global market leader and pioneering innovator in
banknote production and processing, smart card solutions for
telecommunications and electronic payment, and security documents and
identification systems. 49 subsidiaries and joint ventures across more than
30 countries ensure customer proximity worldwide. For more information,
visit our website at: www.gi-de.com.

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