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Gemplus 64k Java Card Technology Achieves Security Criteria Beyond The Legal Requirements for Digital ID

Gemplus 64k Java Card Technology Achieves Security Criteria Beyond The Legal Requirements for Digital ID

(San Jose, CA) –Gemplus, the world's number one provider of solutions empowered by smart cards, announced that its Java Card technology-based GemXplore `Xpresso, is the first to be certified Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL)5+ by the Common Criteria security standards body. This far exceeds current legal requirements. Common Criteria is rapidly becoming standard security for sensitive data; European digital signature laws currently require EAL4. Following September 11, the US National Security Agency and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) are considering basing their security specifications around Common Criteria.

By being awarded this exclusive level of smart card security, Gemplus has shown its technology leadership in the use of Java Card technology for smart cards. This major technological step may open new possibilities for trusted services in areas such as banking, government ID, and e-commerce from both wireless and wired devices.

The SIM is already the preferred platform for many mobile commerce services, such as banking, betting, stock brokering, and billing. Now that GemXplore `Xpresso has achieved this unprecedented security certification it has the potential to become a key enabler for the growth of trusted services.

Mobile operators have long understood the SIM's key role in securing their subscribers' mobile experience, ensuring that private data, such as bank account details, never fall into the wrong hands. As the wireless application market starts to take on a more open, Internet-like look, operators look towards proven security standards. This will become increasingly important in a 3G environment where digital rights, such as music copyright, need to be managed.

"We are currently developing a mobile banking service with Banksys for the Belgian Market," states Martin Willems, Technical Security Manager at Mobistar, Belgium. "When Gemplus told us that their SIM would reach common criteria we had increased confidence that their products would provide the level of security required for protecting financial details."

"This certification reconfirms the importance of Java Card technology for security and privacy protection. Java technology has been a major enabler for the end-to-end delivery of secure service solutions," said Rich Green, vice president, Java Technologies, Sun Microsystems. "This will pave the way for even more customers to take advantage of open and secure data services."

With secure applet download, services such as mobile banking can be delivered safely to the end users' mobile phone whenever the operator or subscriber wants. Once the customer subscribes to a particular service, the operator needs to be assured that it is stored securely and doesn't interfere with their subscriber's data or applications. EAL5+ ensures that appropriate firewalls and download infrastructure are in place.

Gemplus' government and military smart card, GemXpresso Pro 64k, is also based on Java Card technology and has the same security level as GemXplore `Xpresso, providing the level of security appropriate for governments and military organizations in Europe and the United States.

Throughout a nation, state, or city, a government's various departments and agency offices need a rapid, secure, and efficient way to identify citizens and their rights, and also to offer relevant services and benefits. As a highly secure portable identification and communication medium, solutions incorporating GemXpresso Pro 64K are optimal for providing reliable, physical, and logical identification of individuals, while securing the privacy and integrity of electronic transactions.

Note: Common Criteria is an international certification that evaluates the security of IT products. It originated in the European, US, and Canadian banking sectors. It has recently been adopted as an ISO standard (ISO/ISEC 15408). EAL represents the level of confidence of an IT security product or system evaluated by Common Criteria.

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