"charismathics extends IBM's commitment to enterprise security solutions that provide the best value, and most flexibility to our customers. charismathics is a leader in enabling enhanced unified security architectures to a range of enterprise clients and individual users. We look forward to leveraging charismathics proven expertise to provide the best solutions to IBM customers," said E.K. Koh, Program Director, Single Sign On, IBM Tivoli software.
For the last three years charismathics and formerly Encentuate, (now part of IBM) have partnered to support Singapore's national government ID project. This project utilized CSSI to address complex requirements for this local e-citizen ID market. The deployment integrated IBM's Tivoli Access Manager Enterprise Single Sign On and charismathics' USB cryptographic tokens embedded with flash memory to authenticate and store passwords.
Additionally, both companies are developing a fully featured demo for IBM's field sales team to show their Tivoli Access Manager Enterprise Single Sign On product integrated with charismathics' CSSI. This demo will allow IBM's sales team to demonstrate Tivoli Access Manager Enterprise Single Sign On with smart cards and tokens in a PKI environment. The aim of this demonstration is to educate the market on this solution's ease of use. CSSI adds value and flexibility by allowing a variety of tokens to be used in a PKI environment without the installation and maintenance hassles of the past. This in turn decreases the complexity of the overall system architecture and leverages a horizontal integration long needed by the market.
CSSI is a cost-effective, smart card independent middleware, which allows for seamless integration with all major pre-boot authentication systems and all major PKI and standard interfaces. CSSI is hardware agnostic and adds flexibility to the procurement cycle by separating hardware decisions from the software selections.
"We are proud to collaborate with IBM, to deliver unprecedented flexibility to enterprise security clients. Moving forward, our middleware will allow IBM customers to easily support tokens, smart cards, and other authentication devices in a PKI environment to support Single Sign-On." said Sven Gossel, CEO of charismathics. "Our teaming together will result in reduced total cost of ownership and optimized security infrastructures for both IBM and charismathics customers."
charismathics is a global leader in identity management software. Its premier product, the charismathics Smart Security Interface (CSSI), makes it cost-effective and easy for enterprises to integrate multiple authentication solutions into a single, transparent interface. Since 2003, charismathics has pioneered the field of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), introducing the first PKI client to support Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) and the first PKI client to support pre-boot environments. charismathics' iEnigma software secures handheld devices such as the iPhone and iPod Touch and provides streamlined two-factor authentication for the enterprise. charismathics offers security products and PKI consulting in a variety of industries including banking and finance, healthcare, telecommunications, security, government and PC manufacturing. For more information, visit www.charismathics.com.