ClearCube helps Federal Cyber Sprinters to HSPD-12 finish line w/ zero clients with integrated CAC readers

Top Quote To help federal government agencies comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12), ClearCube Technology has engineered multiple zero client desktop devices with integrated smart card readers that enable secure network log on for those agencies deploying virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI). End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 16, 2015 - A directive from the Office of Management and Budget set hard deadlines for July to implement smart identity cards as part of the 30-day Cyber Sprint announced earlier this month.

    Copper-based CD9924 and fiber-based CD7924 zero clients integrate DoD approved smart card readers for high security desktop authentication on SIPRnet, NIPRnet, and other government networks. These zero clients connect securely over encrypted protocol to dedicated Blade PCs or virtual desktops hosted on VMware VDI servers.

    "ClearCube integrates smart card readers into the zero clients themselves so that the authentication devices are tightly coupled to the network access points. This is a similar concept to card key entry into a hotel room. Without the proper key, you can't get into the room. With our zero clients, a user inserts his smart card into our integrated CAC reader to get access to his/her network," said Jim Zakzeski, VP, Sales and Marketing, ClearCube Technology.

    According to Gartner Group, over one million zero clients have shipped to date. Zero clients have seen a steady ramp up in adoption, driven by government mandates for desktop virtualization to cut costs. Recently the government shifted the spotlight to desktop security concerns after experiencing numerous data security breaches. Because a zero client has no local operating system, memory, or storage, it meets the highest security standards as a stateless desktop device.

    "Traditionally the US military and intelligence agencies have been very diligent about smart card network authentication because of their need to access classified information. However, we have realized the dire consequences that identity theft poses to our national security. This awareness has spread to civilian agencies and has accelerated the mandate through HSPD-12 to require use of smart cards for network authentication there as well," said Zakzeski.

    The "30-day Cybersecurity Sprint" is the federal government's aggressive action to upgrade its security profile by mandating two-factor authentication for network access. ClearCube's CD9924 and CD7924 zero clients are designed to help achieve compliance with the HSPD-12 directive.

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