Genua and embedded brains

Encrypted Communication in Mobile Phone Format

26. Juni 2019, 16:25 Uhr | Heinz Arnold
Die genucard 3 für VS-NfD-Kommunikation im Handy-Format.
The genucard 3 for VS-NfD communication in mobile phone format.
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From mobile devices and from the home office securely into the company network: this is what the new genucard 3 system from genua and embedded brains allows.

With the genucard 3, employees in their home office or travelling can easily access government or company networks: The genucard can be connected to any laptop or PC and creates an encrypted connection (VPN) to the remote station set up in the network.

genucard 3 developed genua GmbH, a German specialist for IT security, in cooperation with embedded brains, which contributed the hardware including the mechanical components as well as the power management.

The device can easily be connected via USB to any laptop or workstation and enables access to sensitive data in classified networks via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Compared to the previous version, the genucard 3 offers a range of advantages: Dual-band Wi-Fi for high-performance WLAN connection, authentication via PIN entry directly on the device and device in practical mobile phone format. The approval procedure up to the VS-NfD confidentiality level (classified information - for official use only) is currently in progress at the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

WLAN connection with dual-band Wi-Fi

Possible connection paths are WLAN including public hotspots, mobile radio as well as Ethernet. If there is a risk of transmission interference due to numerous superimposed WLANs, the genucard 3 uses dual-band Wi-Fi to switch to other frequency ranges. In the near future, public authorities, the German Armed Forces and companies in the secret protection sector will be able to use the genucard 3 in such a way that employees will have secure access to sensitive VS data even in remote access.
 
User-friendly two-factor authentication according to BSI standard

Users authenticate themselves for access to sensitive networks on the handy device (86 mm x 15 mm x 161 mm) by entering a PIN using a pad and a smart card. This means that two-factor authentication - a BSI security requirement - is implemented in a user-friendly manner. A further security feature of the genucard is its independence from the connected computer, as the system runs on self-sufficient hardware with its own operating system. Thus, the genucard remains functional and protects the classified network, even if the connected computer is compromised by careless handling.
 
Low effort due to central management

The administration of the genucards used is carried out via a central management station. This means that many employees can be connected to classified networks with little effort. The German Armed Forces, numerous authorities and organizations with security tasks as well as companies in the security sector have been using the previous version of genucard 3 in large numbers for several years.


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