Intercede and NitroDesk Partner to Provide PIV Card-Secured Email on iPhone
MyID-enabled version of TouchDown email client protects, encrypts
communication on iOS devices
RESTON, Va. -- November 28, 2012
Intercede®, the producer of MyID^®, a world-leader in identity and credential
management systems, today announced a partnership with NitroDesk the global
provider of the No. 1 Exchange ActiveSync™ email solution for mobile devices,
to provide secure email solutions on iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad,
that are compatible with PIV cards.
Building on NitroDesk’s market-leading email client, TouchDown^TM, and
Intercede’s proven track record in smart card and credential management, the
special MyID PIV-enabled edition of TouchDown offers the ability to easily
exchange signed and encrypted emails protected by keys and certificates held
securely on a PIN-protected PIV smart card.
Standards based smart cards such as PIV, PIV-I, CIV and TWIC, have become the
gold standard of security in U.S. federal government and associated
organizations, providing strong authentication of an individual when accessing
corporate resources such as buildings or computer systems. While these cards
work well on desktop computers equipped with smart card readers, the same
security and ease of use benefits are more difficult to deliver on mobile
devices, where the siloed approach of smartphone apps does not naturally fit
with smart card usage.
The Intercede and NitroDesk partnership makes extending the benefits of PIV
card security to mobile devices easy. The MyID mobile credential management
libraries embedded into the NitroDesk TouchDown email client make it
credential aware, allowing smart cards to be used in a similar manner as on a
desktop computer. This enables organizations to provide secure yet simple
communications solutions both in the office and in the field using a
combination of COTS product and readily available consumer electronic devices.
“Email is the primary method of information sharing for two thirds of
organizations but using a non-secured mechanism leaves them open to a range of
threats,” said Richard Parris, CEO of Intercede. “The bring your own device
(BYOD) trend and increased use of consumer devices means securing mobile
communications is a challenge many of our customers are looking to solve. By
partnering with NitroDesk, our shared expertise delivers a cost-effective,
easy-to-use and highly secure solution for mobile communications, enabling
organizations to benefit from both improved security and increased
Commenting on the partnership, Ron Goins, chief operating officer at NitroDesk
said: “The integration of the Intercede MyID technology with the TouchDown
client allows government and enterprise customers to maintain the security of
their sensitive data while ensuring compliance with their organization’s
credential management and security policies in a BYOD environment. This is a
huge win for those who must meet these requirements, as well as their IT
organizations that need to manage the devices and data security.”
Notes to editors
*The special version of NitroDesk TouchDown uses embedded MyID mobile
credential management libraries to make it smart card aware
*Combined with a smart card reader for iOS devices such as the Tactivo™
from Precise Biometrics, the solution works with PIV (Personal Identity
Verification), PIV-I (PIV-Interoperable), CIV (Commercial Identity
Verification) and TWIC (Transport Worker Identification Credential) smart
*The solution enables email signing, encryption and decryption ensuring
secure data exchange at-rest and in-transit between known and trusted
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Intercede® is a security software provider whose MyID® identity management
platform enables globalorganizations and governments to create trusted
digital identities for employees and citizens on secure devices such as smart
cards, smartphones and tablets.MyID enables the protection of IP, assets, and
digital content, delivering trusted digital identities as the cornerstone of
cyber security strategies for government, defense, financial services and
other industries. Intercede has been developing ID management systems since
1992 and MyID is currently deployed by end customers located in 24 countries.
The company is headquartered in the United Kingdom, listed on the London Stock
Exchange AIM: IGP and ISO 9001 and TickIT certified. For more information
please visit www.intercede.com.
Founded in March 2008, NitroDesk Inc. is the leading provider of secure
ActiveSync email solutions for the Android and iOS and Windows RT/8 platforms.
The company has nearly 2 million licensed users from Fortune 100 companies to
SMBs located across the globe and in nearly every industry vertical. NitroDesk
is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. For more information, please visit
NitroDesk online. Copyright (C) 2012 NitroDesk
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Leslie Clavin, 415-694-6717
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