Print Security Suite powered by SecureMark Technology

November 2004 Access Control & Identity Management

Fargo Electronics, provider of secure technologies for card identity systems, has introduced Print Security Suite, the first product under the umbrella of its new SecureMark technology. SecureMark is a technology platform designed to help reduce an organisation's security vulnerabilities by safeguarding the issuance of their identity cards.

"When you consider the potential loss of time, money and even lives that are possible by the issuance of a single false credential, you can see it is critical to protect the issuance of a card as well as to provide a secure card itself," says Gary Holland, Fargo's president and CEO.

"Organisations worldwide are facing unprecedented security threats from both internal and external sources. And most organisations are taking measures to improve their security. But an area of vulnerability is the threat of someone creating false credentials within a legitimate card identity programme. Fargo's Print Security Suite is evidence of our commitment to help organisations reduce that vulnerability. By helping to protect the issuance of the credential, it adds another layer of security to the overall programme," Holland continues.

The first of a planned series of security solutions utilising Fargo's new SecureMark technology is Print Security Suite. This is a group of five user-friendly software applications that help secure, control, monitor and maintain card identity systems.

Print Security Suite is available locally from Teltron, who registered the product with Fargo and activates the applications to the exact specifications of the user. For added security, the applications of the Print Security Suite are enabled through ribbons available only through the authorised SecureMark integrators and Fargo.

"By monitoring and controlling the SecureMark-enabled ribbons, we have greatly reduced the risk of fraudulent cards being produced in the case of a stolen or misappropriated printer," says Alan Fontanella, Fargo's head of product marketing for printer media. "Without the specific supplies that are part of the users' secure program, the printer will not operate. This helps ensure the authenticity of the IDs created by a SecureMark printer."

The applications included in the Print Security Suite are:

Password Control: As the first line of defence in this security suite, Password Control offers security managers the ability to set passwords that are required to make the printer/encoder operational. This function reduces both internal and external threats of fraud or misuse by automatically disabling a stolen or illegitimately accessed printer.

Print Notification: This tool allows users to customise the authorised hours of a printer's operation. Unauthorised printing, even if the proper passwords are used, can trigger an instant e-mail or text message notifying the system manager of a print event outside the designated hours.

Security Imaging: Using Fargo's new blue Fluorescing Ribbon, the Security Imaging application adds covert security features such as customised logos and unique numbers to ID cards. While difficult to detect in normal settings, these covert features are viewable under ultraviolet light. The covert number also provides critical forensic data, including the date, time and location a confiscated ID card was printed.

Print Diagnostics: This tool provides a fast and easy way to gather and share printer diagnostic information. It captures printer issues in a reportable format that can be electronically transferred to a service technician for fast, precise answers. By utilising this application, many technical issues can be handled via phone or email.

Supplies E-Ordering: This function automatically notifies the operator when supplies are running low, and provides a direct link for ordering online from an authorised Fargo integrator.

Print Security Suite is available as an option on Fargo's new DTC400 Card Printer/Encoder. The DTC400 is an easy-to-use single-sided printer/encoder featuring Fargo's proven direct-to-card technology.

"By teaming up the DTC400 with the Print Security Suite, you get a card identity system that provides several levels of layered security," says Fontanella. "Its ease-of-use improves organisational efficiency and the security features can reduce organisational vulnerabilities. It is a system that will help enhance security for a broad segment of the market."

For more information contact Tersia Terblanche, Teltron, 011 375 2000, [email protected]

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