German-based Giesecke & Devrient chose CARTES to launch its Internet Smart Card that is scheduled for deployment next week in northern Germany by the Hamburg Lottery Company. The card, in conjunction with a USB token called the Lotto Internet Stick, will allow players to securely access the lottery from their home computer.
Munich, Paris–Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), the world’s second largest provider of smart card solutions, is unveiling its new Internet Smart Card at Cartes 2007. The card will be deployed for the first time in Northern Germany, where starting next week, players in the Hamburg lottery can use the USB token to access the company’s online portal. Together with the statutory lottery identification process, the Lotto Internet Stick meets the legal requirement in Germany to prove that a player has reached the age of majority and thus complies with the requirements laid down by the Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media for closed user groups.
Identification and authentication provide the basis for robust protection of young people when using Internet services. Players just insert the token into their computer’s USB port and enter their PIN number. The PC is then automatically configured for the token.
“The Lotto Internet Stick enables us to fully comply with the requirements of Germany’s new Federal Gaming Law. Right from the start, we were excited by how easy G&D’s Internet Smart Card is to use—it doesn’t require any special knowledge of computers at all. At the same time, the Internet stick makes an important contribution to the security of our system,” explains Siegfried Spies, CEO of LOTTO Hamburg.
Players initially demonstrate that they have reached the age of majority (lottery identification process) by presenting appropriate ID in person at a lottery sales point. They are then given their personal Lotto Internet Stick, with the required PIN number being sent separately by e-mail.
The stick ensures that lottery players always have secure access to the online service. The Internet Smart Card is a personal tool that players can carry with them to protect their private identity on the Web and use on almost every device with Internet access.
G&D describes the Internet Smart Card as the smallest Web server-based security proxy currently available worldwide, whose contents can be displayed by all standard browsers. Additional hardware, middleware, and client software are no longer required on the user’s PC.
The Internet Smart Card checks SSL certificates during the logon and authentication process. It thereby prevents users from unintentionally connecting to a fraudulent website and the site’s operators gaining access to sensitive user data. The card user and the Internet provider’s server are able to authenticate themselves to each other via an encrypted end-to-end connection that utilizes standard security protocols, such as Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS), and by checking client and/or service certificates on the Internet Smart Card.
Furthermore, G&D’s Internet Smart Card can perform additional functions, such as secure user logon to other Internet portals, closed user groups, or for online gaming.
The fact that the logon data is only held on the Internet Smart Card means that, when connecting to a service platform, the user is protected against phishing, pharming, password spying, spoofing, keyboard logging, man-in-the-middle attacks, and attacks by malignant software known as trojans. The card is very easy to use, thanks to automatic configuration on computers running Windows XP and Vista. For Windows 2000, Linux, and Mac OS systems, just a few simple steps are required.
“The Internet Smart Card can be used across many markets and applications. As well as creating a secure connection to Internet-based applications for private customers in closed user groups, the card can also enable secure access to corporate networks. As a result, there is no longer a need to set up often costly VPN clients,” says Dr. Kai Grassie, head of the New Business division at Giesecke & Devrient, looking to the not too distant future.
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About Giesecke & Devrient:
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a technology leader in the field of smart cards, providing smart card based solutions for telecommunications, electronic payment, health care, ID, transportation, and IT security (PKI). G&D is also a leading producer of banknotes and security documents and is dominant in the field of currency automation. Based in Munich, Germany, the G&D group has subsidiaries and joint ventures around the world. In fiscal 2006, the Group employed close to 8,300 people and generated revenue of almost €1.3 billion. For more information, visit our Web site at www.gi-de.com.