Mykotronx builds Fortezza/DES card
gnu at toad.com
Fri Jun 20 15:23:10 PDT 1997
This is great -- they've put TWO insecure crypto algorithms on one
PCMCIA card! Mykotronx leads the industry, as usual!
Rainbow subsidiary Mykotronx and Western Datacom announce joint
development of industry's first dual-mode cryptographic modem -- FORDESZA
Business Wire - June 17, 1997 09:03
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TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 17, 1997--Mykotronx Inc., a
subsidiary of Rainbow Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:RNBO), and Western
Datacom have announced joint development of FORDESZA, a Type II PCMCIA PC
modem card that provides both DES and FORTEZZA-based encryption and
decryption in a single unit.
FORDESZA, the first dual-mode cryptographic device designed for the
commercial marketplace, integrates a FORTEZZA cryptographic chip
manufactured by Mykotronx with 56-bit DES encryption.
``Mykotronx' collaboration with Western Datacom further demonstrates the
company's commitment to providing the highest-quality cryptographic
solutions for secure data communications,'' said John Droge, vice
president of product development for Mykotronx. ``The first of its kind,
FORDESZA is a state-of-the-art modem design that delivers both high
connection speed and quality cryptographic protection.''
``Western Datacom is pleased to be working with Mykotronx on the
development of FORDESZA,'' said Phil Ardire, president of Western
Datacom. ``Western Datacom and Mykotronx have combined their respective
expertise to create a breakthrough cryptographic security product to
support users' need for secure communication.''
Functioning as a V.34 bis 33,600 bps modem, FORDESZA operates as a
FORTEZZA Crypto Card, a FORTEZZA encryptor/decryptor with a V.34 bis
modem and as a DES encryptor/decryptor with a V.34 bis modem.
FORDESZA will incorporate all security features previously developed for
FORTEZZA, including personal identification numbers (PINs) for user
authentication; the digital signature standard (DSS) for originator
authentication; the key exchange algorithm (KEA) for Diffie-Hellman
variant public key exchange; FORTEZZA and DES encryption; and the secure
hash algorithm (SHA) for data integrity.
FORDESZA accomplishes key management via both a certification authority
workstation (CAW) and a FIPS 171-compliant software system. The CAW
operates FORTEZZA card initialization software to program the modem with
the user's distinguished name (DN) and public key information stored in
A distributed database, called the directory system agent (DSA), handles
the storage and distribution of these keys. For DES key management, the
FIPS 171 software, which is compatible with existing Western Datacom
DES-based products, accommodates private key changes and management of
FORTEZZA encryption has been accepted by the Department of Commerce's key
recovery program. Encryption keys can now be kept by an approved third
party, with copies available to law-enforcement agencies only under a
For more information about FORDESZA, contact Mykotronx at 310/533-8100
(fax 310/533-0527) or Western Datacom at 216/835-1510 (e-mail:
wdc at western-data.com).
With headquarters in Torrance, Mykotronx is a world leader in providing
high-grade encryption and decryption equipment essential for use in space
and other sensitive digital communication environments.
Founded in 1979, and acquired by Rainbow Technologies in 1995, Mykotronx
has more National Security Agency approved products than any other
corporation. Demonstrating the company's commitment to quality, Mykotronx
designs and manufactures products that meet the requirements of
MIL-Q-9858 A (``Quality Program Requirements'') and MIL-I-45208
(``Inspection System Requirements'').
Rainbow Technologies, with 1996 revenues in excess of $81 million, is a
leading supplier of software-protection, license-management and
Internet-security products worldwide. Rainbow has offices in the United
States, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom, and is ISO-9002
CONTACT: Rainbow Technologies Inc.
Ann Jones, 714/450-7350
ajones at rnbo.com
Bock Communications Inc.
Valerie Christopherson/Brian Bardwell, 714/374-3530
vchristopherson at msn.com
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