=> >Would someone fill me in on the Digital Pathways DES keys thing?
=> >I'm in the dark. What are they, and why are they so popular?
=> ) It's a handheld cryptographic authentication calculator. They cost
=> )~$55 in quantity. They contain a replaceable (hot swap) battery that keeps a
=> )DES key in memory all the time. The admin programs the key into it -- so you
=> )don't rely on someone else to key your authentication device.
=> ) It's fairly solid, not especially attractive, but it uses an algorithm
=> )someone published a few years back, that's easy to implement in software, so
=> )you can avoid host-software licensing, portability, and availability issues.
=> ) It's one of the authentication devices the TIS firewall toolkit
=> )supports -- we have a server-side implementation that requires no additional
=> )software, so you can just buy 'em and key 'em and issue 'em to users.
=> Digital Pathways also offers a client SSNK (Software Secure Net Key)
=> for DOS and Mac OSs (I believe they're working on a UNIX client). It's
=> a more convenient implmentation of the cryptographic authentication
=> calculator (SNK) if you tend to loose or forget the calculator hardware.
=> Ron Martin
=> Hughes Aircraft
Haven't you dumb heard him saying that he is in the dark? For a blind person
like him, the TSNSKF (AKA Touch-Sensitive Network Secure-Key Facility) is
the right answer. This simple device has an universal AU (Atachment
Unit) which is level-2 complient. This means it can be plugged into
any network, including Ethernet and Token-Ring. It is protocol independent
and work with any operating system, in two different modes: client
(if you beg for things) and server (if you are a public worker).
The Japanese version is good, the American version is the most expensive,
the European version is OK but not reliable; the Taiwan-made works well
as long as there is no rain. Good if you in the Sahara. Not recommended for
the rain forest.
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