Quick Takes: US Army signs on smart card provider

ActivCard announced it will provide nine million smart cards for the U.S. Army's Common Access Card program, kicking off this edition of Quick Takes.

ActivCard providing smart cards to Army's CAC program

ActivCard recently announced it will be the primary identity management provider for Northrop Grumman Information Technology's project providing the U.S. Army's Common Access Card (CAC) program. A task order was awarded to Northrop Grumman IT to provide nine million smart cards for the CAC program. With ActivCard Gold for CAC, Army personnel can use their multi-application smart ID badges -- known as the Common Access Card –- for cryptographic network logon to their computing platforms, applications and Web sites; to encrypt and digitally sign e-mail; and to extend public-key infrastructure (PKI) capabilities to access a host of military services, including VPN, remote access and benefits systems.

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Check Point, Corrent combination speeds up firewall throughput

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. and Corrent Corp. today announced the SecureXL Turbocard, a multifunctional security accelerator card designed to deliver nearly 3.0 gigabits per second of firewall and virtual private network (VPN) throughput. As customer performance needs increase, the SecureXL Turbocard enables the existing infrastructure to scale to meet future performance requirements, eliminating the need to invest in new costly hardware replacements. SecureXL Turbocard integrates processor technology from IBM and Corrent with Check Point's SecureXL performance framework. SecureXL Turbocard, based on industry standards, is easily deployed as an add-on for servers and "Secured by Check Point" appliances running Check Point's VPN-1/FireWall-1 Next Generation solution.

Also, Check Point Software recently announced its firewall and VPN appliances are tops in the high-end appliance space according to a report by market analyst firm Infonetics. The company's market share is 32%, more than any other vendor, Check Point said.

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TowerStream selects Mazu PowerSecure

Mazu Networks this week announced that TowerStream Corporation has selected Mazu's PowerSecure product to protect its network from malicious intruders, worms and viruses, denial of service and other types of online attacks. Mazu Network develops sophisticated network traffic security solutions that are used by corporations, government agencies and other large enterprises to protect their mission-critical on-line and network operations.

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Neoteris closes Series C financing

Neoteris, the leading instant, secure application access vendor, today announced that the company has closed a $17.5 million Series C round of financing. Battery Ventures led the round, which also included previous investors Jim Clark, The Barksdale Group, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). The money will be directed toward new product development initiatives, as well as scaling sales, distribution, and support divisions to meet rapid growth and customer demand. Neoteris also announced today that Mark Sherman, General Partner at Battery Ventures, joins the Board of Directors. Additionally, the company released its latest customer acquisition data, demonstrating continued corporate success and market leadership.

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NCipher receives FIPS certification

NCipher recently announced it has received the first Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification awarded by the US government to a hardware security module. nCipher, which has more FIPS 140-certified products than any other company, has received FIPS 140-2 certifications for its nShield, payShield and nForce hardware security modules. FIPS 140-2 is the latest version of the U.S. government's stringent security standard for cryptographic modules and is widely accepted as the benchmark for measuring the security assurance of these products.

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To have your announcement included in Quick Takes, contact Edward Hurley, News Writer.

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