VASCO Data Security International Inc., a software security company specializing in authentication products, launched the DIGIPASS 855, a smart card reader offering multiple authentication functions.
The DIGIPASS 855 is an upgraded version of DIGIPASS 850. DIGIPASS 855 can be used for PKI-based authentication, digital signature, and access to corporate networks. It offers strong authentication for Internet banking, telephone banking and e-commerce environments.
DIGIPASS 855 can be used both in a connected and unconnected mode. In unconnected mode it is an EMV-CAP reader and offers DIGIPASS One-Time password and e-signature capability. In USB connected mode, it offers DIGIPASS and EMV-CAP functionality with PIN entry, PIN change and signature capability. Applications can securely be downloaded onto the reader in connected mode as well.
For PKI-based authentication, secrets and keys are stored on a smart card. DIGIPASS 855 uses the chip card for cryptographic calculation. The DIGIPASS 855 features a high-performance processor that enables quick communication between the card and the reader.
The DIGIPASS 855 offers increased protection against online attacks. Information, such as the PIN-code is directly typed onto the reader’s keyboard, as a result the PIN-code is not being used on the PC, which makes it more secure to perform transactions online. Next to that, the “what you see is what you sign” functionality ensures that transaction data are shown onto the reader’s screen for confirmation prior to transaction signature. This prevents man-in-the-browser types of fraud.