NW_20081030_en_Digipass 835, VASCO’s new card reader with optical interface

October 30, 2008

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., and ZURICH, Switzerland, 30th October, 2008 - VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VDSI) (www.vasco.com ), a leading software security company specializing in authentication products, announces Digipass 835 at Cartes 2008 in Paris. Digipass 835 is a very user-friendly card reader of which the user-acceptance is guaranteed through the new optical interface which facilitates data transfer from the computer to the card reader in a couple of seconds. Digipass 835 is mainly used for high risk internet banking transactions.

The Digipass 835 requires no personalization prior to customer delivery. The Digipass 835 is simply activated and personalized on the insertion of the end user’s bank card. Two-factor authentication will be activated after PIN-insertion. The OTP which is generated by the Digipass 835 can be use to securely log onto the bank’s network. For e-signature the optical interface enhances user-friendliness, though Digipass 835 is operational either with or without the use of the optical interface.

The optical interface technology which is already used in Digipass 700, has been optimized in the Digipass 835. Whereas the optical interface in Digipass 700 was used for challenge/response user authentication, The Digipass 835 now also uses it for e-signature.

The optical interface enables the automatic download of encrypted data from the PC onto the display of the Digipass. Data transfer only takes a couple of seconds; it requires no software or driver installation. The data are simply transferred by holding the optical interface in front of the computer screen: the flashing pattern on the PC screen and the photo-transistors of the Digipass 835 take care of the transfer.

The rubber band tilts the card reader in the right angle to improve the reading of the data on the reader display. The optical technology of the Digipass 835 can be used in conjunction with several screen types, including CRT, TFT, LCD, LED and plasma. It uses 5 photo transistors and has data transmission speeds of 20 fps.

With the launch of Digipass 835, VASCO extends is portfolio of EMV CAP compliant readers. VASCO has established a long standing experience in EMV CAP readers with proven manufacturing capacity of 10 million card readers and large deployment for over 30 banking customers worldwide.

Digipass 835 uses VACMAN Controller, the proven VASCO authentication platform. For payment solutions Digipass 835 can also be integrated into a 3D-Secure architecture, allowing the end user the sign key data of the transaction. Digipass 835 is fully customizable (logo’s, colours, …) and its design is easily adaptable to specific needs for authentication of different e-banking customers (e.g. people with disabilities, self-employed, …)

“Online security for banking is not an objective in itself; it goes hand in hand with user acceptance. The most secure system becomes useless if the end user does not want to use it because of complexity. With Digipass 835, VASCO again proves that security can be straightforward and easy-to-use. The optical interface contributes to the user convience.”, says Jan Valcke, President and COO of VASCO Data Security.

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VASCO is a leading supplier of strong authentication and e-signature solutions and services specializing in Internet Security applications and transactions. VASCO has positioned itself as global software company for Internet Security serving a customer base of approximately 8,000 companies in more than 100 countries, including more than 1,200 international financial institutions. VASCO’s prime markets are the financial sector, enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government.

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