Pointsec Joins Smart Card Alliance

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 08, 2005

Pointsec Mobile Technologies, provider of the de facto standard for enterprise security software for laptop and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones, has announced that it has joined the Smart Card Alliance.

Through this initiative, Pointsec intends to collaborate with multi-industry smart card leaders to provide better mobile computing security software to its customers.

As a general member, Pointsec will participate in Alliance education programs and conferences, industry councils and market research. They join more than 140 other members representing leading companies in the financial services, computer, telecommunications, healthcare, and retail industries, as well as federal government agencies. Together, these organizations work in an open forum to address the opportunities and challenges that face the smart card industry.

“The Smart Card Alliance is driving a new generation of standardized products and solutions based on smart card technology that Pointsec believes is essential to promoting strong endpoint security for mobile computing,” said Peter Larsson, CEO, Pointsec. “We are privileged to begin working with other industry leaders who share this vision.”

In the wake of increasing security concerns, the incorporation of secure identity management systems is assuming top priority for enterprises and governments worldwide. A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan reports that unit shipments for open platform cards totaled 400 million in 2004 and is expected to reach to 1.15 billion by 2011. Hence, Smart card organizations and governments need to work together in developing global standards for ID applications.

“Sensitive enterprise data can be most vulnerable on mobile devices such as laptops, mobile phones and PDAs. The Pointsec data encryption solution, along with an external device, the smart card, can provide highly secure mobile access to data and prevent hacking,” said Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director of the Smart Card Alliance. “We look forward to Pointsec’s contributions to the Alliance as we continue to educate the enterprise market about the benefits of smart card use in the corporate environment.”

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for profit, multi-industry association working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multiple application smart card technology. Its members include companies from banking, financial services, computer, telecommunications, technology, healthcare, retail, and entertainment industries, as well as a number of government agencies.

The Alliance was created when the industry’s key organizations, the Smart Card Industry Association and the Smart Card Forum, joined forces in early 2001. Membership is open to anyone focusing resources and energy on the utilization of smart card technology.