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iKey 2000

Vendor:

Rainbow Technologies

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Strengths:

Versatility.

Weaknesses:

Could be less expensive.

Verdict:

A capable two-factor authentication product.

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Summary

The iKey 2000 product from Rainbow Technologies is similar in concept to the iKey 1000, but it offers additional functionality, including 2048-bit encryption and a Philips 5032 cryptographic controller.

32kb of secured storage is available for digital credentials.

Public and private key functions may be performed within the token or the security module within the 2000 series software, although keeping private key functions on the token is a concept which will appeal to many.

Popular cryptographic algorithms are supported, as are X.509 certificates, making this a viable choice to complement a well implemented PKI. The iKey 2000 package contained two USB tokens, a CD-Rom, printed release notes and a USB extension cable. Getting started and users guides are provided in PDF format and these may be easily accessed directly from the CD prior to installation, courtesy of an attractive auto-start dialog, displayed when inserting the CD.

The iKey 2000 is compliant with PKCS 11 and Microsoft CAPI, providing for a versatile approach to application access control and secure email transactions within a Microsoft environment. An SDK is also available to enable application developers to exploit this potential, and this will be of interest to many organizations that wish to configure a robust two-factor authentication process for internal and external application access as well as fundamental network access control.

This is a product which will interest the professional security architect/ administrator with a good grasp of PKI concepts more than it will interest the casual individual user. It provides the basis for robust two-factor authentication and certificate management with scope for imaginative configuration at the enterprise level, while remaining affordable for many such applications.

In use, everything installed and functioned as expected, which is what one has come to expect from Rainbow Technologies. For those exploring the feasibility of two-factor authentication in a typical business environment, a look at what Rainbow Technologies has to offer is highly recommended.

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