Authenex - Ensuring Security and Total MobilityDigital Certificate Storage

Businesses need to manage digital keys and certificates. These systems can enable the use of digital signature, digital receipt, encryption and permissions management services across a wide variety of applications. These certificate-based security solutions can be significantly strengthened by the addition of a hardware token to securely store these digital identities/credentials.

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is a security solution being implemented in many applications worldwide. Based on an asymmetric system, PKI uses a "public key" which can be used to send a user a message that only he or she can decrypt with their "private key." In order to keep track of these keys, a PKI system has to generate and manage electronic "certificates," which link an individual to the key. In addition, the private key is usually stored on a workstation, creating a significant security risk since PKI cannot control access to the desktop, potentially compromising the entire system.

With the Authenex A-Key® token, the private key is stored on the token itself, which not only increases the security dramatically, but also makes PKI a mobile solution allowing authentication from anywhere in the world. In addition, Authenex ACert® allows digital certificates to be stored on the token, which simplifies the certificate management burden as well. As a result, Authenex system can significantly enhance PKI implementations by adding authentication capabilities while tightening any remaining security holes. ACert is used in conjunction with our smaller and more affordable USB model A-Keys, as our other models have on-board key generation.

Furthermore, an Authenex A-Key used in conjunction with a PKI system may also be used to leverage a suite of other Authenex e-Security applications, including: