Vienna, Va. (May 6, 2003):
Mandylion Research Labs, LLC today announced that its patent pending Personal Password
Manager token, the ebplite has received
a favorable product review from the top Enterprise Information Technology publication,
InfoWorld and its online sister publication, InfoWorld.com.
InfoWorld Media Group’s parent, IDG, is the world’s leading technology media, research, and event company. Receiving these
coveted reviews highlights Mandylion Labs’ growing presence in the information security
marketplace and reflects its innovative approach to secure password use and management,
a significant issue facing virtually every enterprise.
This review compliments a similar glowing
"First Look" review that appears in PC Magazine and PC Magazine Online,
Government Computer News and Federal Computer Week.
"…Mandylion's password manager is one of the best solutions I've seen, and one of the easiest
to implement and use." is how InfoWorld senior analyst and Security Editor, Wayne Rash,
summed up the publication’s positive impressions of the device. "The bottom line, however,
is that the means to manage all those passwords does exist." he added in the review.
The article stated that " Password management is a headache". With regard to the ability of
the device to empower users to create and manage passwords under the typically onerous password
policies, "You can have the device generate passwords of any length, following whatever pattern you like.
" InfoWorld’s Rash wrote. "The nice thing about this type of device is that you can create passwords
that are nearly impossible to guess. Even better, it makes recommended periodic password changes
much less onerous for the users — they can generate a password anytime and don't necessarily have
to think of one that they must remember by themselves." " It also means that the IT staff doesn't have
to get as involved in password issues." The enterprise version of the device, which was not reviewed,
automates this task and eliminates the need for the individual user to manually perform these initial
configurations of the unit.
The article gave the Mandylion Personal Password Manager device's high marks
in its method of password recovery, a common concern for enterprise administrators that manage and enforce password
The full review and review comments from this article can be viewed online
"The focus as a Company and its innovative products is to improve
cyber security and convenience as it relates to password use."
"As evidenced by these reviews and initial strong interest, it's
clear that we've succeeded," said JosephGrajewski, president of Mandylion.
"This success is a significant milestone for us as it underscores our continued leadership in
password security and user authentication market." " The favorable comparison
of our technology with the 15 year old leader of the field, RSA Security's SecurID token is
especially significant" Grajewski added. " It shows how innovation by a small
start up company can, at times, usurp the market leader".
David Schoenbrot, Vice President of Mandylion added, " Weak and carelessly
managed passwords are now considered by the FBI as the No.2 vulnerability threatening
our national computing infrastructure.""The GAO continues to report to
Congress that Federal Information Security each Agency of the Federal Government
continues to have systemic and significant security risks due to poor password management
by the Federal Agency's employees." Schoenbrot defended the Agency's poor showing by
adding "Before we developed our patent pending technology, there was no real effective
way to address this threat while at the same time providing the user with convenience."
"Because no technology existed, it was a "do as I say, not as I do "attitude toward
proper security." "Now we have enabling technology which can truly advance
Federal Information Security Policy by creating a culture of security among its computer
About the Product
Mandylion Labs’ developed and patented this innovative and inexpensive
password manager called the ebplite in a three year development
effort. It is a key chain sized device that helps any user instantly create cryptographically strong passwords
that immediately work with any web site, login or system. A key feature is that the device provides for
the secure and convenient storage of a user’s passwords along with their automatic update. It was
designed to do away with the inherent weaknesses traditionally associated with the use of passwords;
namely the individual being asked to create, remember and regularly change their passwords.
Passwords created with the device thwart all known brute force and dictionary type hacking attacks.
It is more than a smart card. It works instantly with any login, any system and requires
no client or host software or apparatus. There is nothing to install.
Originally developed for U.S. military and national security applications, more advanced versions
of the device have the ability to embed user identifying watermarks within the passwords generated.
The biometric version of the unit can asymmetrically bioauthenticate the individual logging in to
an ordinary web site. To aid in the purely random number generation, algorithms embedded
within the unit’s firmware continuously sense and take input from the user's random and unique
interaction with the device
While other information security products generally address only specific threats, Mandylion’s
products improve the entire baseline level of data security for the enterprise. Further, with studies
that show that now half of all help desk support calls are for password resets, the device has become
a tool of cost containment for runaway tech support costs.
The product retails for approximately $69.95 with corporate and Government discounts bringing
its price in the mid $30 dollar range U.S. For a complete and current list of companies which offer
the product, please visit our web site at
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About Mandylion Labs
The idea was inspired. Yet so simple. Rather than search to replace
the use of passwords, just make them more convenient to use while removing the vulnerabilities
associated with them . In 1998, Mandylion Labs originated this simple and intuitive concept toward
password management. Today, we're a recognized as the leading innovator in access control utilizing
durable password techniques. Government, Corporations and ISPs use our solutions to reduce the cost
and complexity of managing their access control systems in the Window NT and Unix and Linux
environments while increasing the enterprise's entire baseline of data security. With a web-centric
economy pushing along expanding volumes of confidential information which is only separated
from the public domain by an easily forgotten or worse, a hackable password, Mandylion’s solutions
couldn't have come at a better time.
The apparatus and methods developed by the Company (5 separate patents pending effective 7/99 et al)
inexpensively provide computer users with convenience, privacy and security in the management
of their web site and LAN/WAN login passwords.
The Company is located in Vienna, Va. Our number is 703 – 628 4284.
Our e-mail address is