Vienna, Va. (August, 2003):
Mandylion Research Labs, LLC today announced that its Personal Password Manager token,
the ebplite was tested and evaluated at
the Military’s Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (JWID) during the month of June, 2003.
The objective achieved in including the Mandylion technology in this military exercise was
to “demonstrate that strong password policy can be effectively deployed in an operational
environment” by empowering the warfighter with a simple tool which aids them in their ability
to generate and manage cryptographically strong passcodes.
JWID is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff annual event
with the international community that investigates command and control, computers,
and communications (C4) solutions to near-term coalition interoperability challenges
and assesses critical, worldwide interoperability testing of the
Tool Suite (DCTS). Since 9/11, JWID has also taken on the role of testing certain critical
multinational capabilities in the Global War on Terrorism.
JWID focuses on “Coalition Interoperability,
the 21st Century Warfighter’s Environment”
states a DoD briefing about JWID. The event provides an opportunity for government,
private industry, and coalition partners to demonstrate new and emerging technologies
in a simulated warfare environment.
The U.S. Pacific Command hosted JWID ’03.
The Defense Information System Agency's (DISA)
Advanced Information Technology Services Joint Program Office (AITS-JPO) serves
as the permanent operational agency for JWID. “I am very much aware of the importance
of interoperability among diverse systems, separate military services, and, most importantly,
among allied nations,” said Brig. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, DISA Principal Director for Operations
and Commander, DISA Global Operations. “The coalition interoperability emphasis in JWID
is absolutely essential to our continued success in coalition operations, whether those
operations are responding to natural disasters or finding terrorists hiding in caves.
“Making our communications systems work together to flow critical information is not an easy job,
and it seems to get tougher every day as new technologies and applications are deployed
and new demands are put on our systems,” General Pollett added.
“Our mutual success, however, depends on interoperability, our ability to build and sustain
our diverse networks, and our ability to share information.”
“One of our key operating principles is that interoperability should be built in, not bolted on,”
stated General Pollett. “JWID will lead the way to more effective operations, like a road map.
We all need a road map, because interoperability should not be an afterthought, …something
we try to incorporate after a system is fielded.” The Mandylion token allowed the warfighters
to quickly and securely access multiple password controlled databases, applications and
systems developed and shared by each of the Coalition countries during the exercise.
The month long warfighter exercises were successfully conducted at four U.S. sites
and at four sites in Coalition countries. The U.S. sites were: Camp Smith, Hawaii (USPACOM);
the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA(Marine Corps and Army);
SPAWAR Systems Center, San Diego, CA(Navy); Electronic Systems Center,
Hanscom AFB, MA.(Air Force). Coalition country sites included Australia, Canada, New Zealand
and the United Kingdom. In addition, USPACOM invited Japan, Singapore, the Republic of Korea
and Thailand to participate as observers at PACOM HQ, Camp Smith.
JWID ’03 assessed more than 46 Coalition Interoperability Trials (CITs) at the 8 global
operating sites. The CITs seek to demonstrate a capability to improve or even establish
a capability in support of one or more of the objectives. Mandylion’s participation was
part of the Coalition Information Assurance Common Operational Picture (C-IA COP) CIT.
The objective achieved in including Mandylion technology in the program was
to “demonstrate that strong password policy can be effectively deployed in an operational
environment by empowering the user with a simple tool which aids them in their ability
to generate and manage cryptographically strong passcodes. Overall, the Coalition Information
Assurance Common Operational Picture (C-IA COP) CIT successfully demonstrated
a significant reduction in damaging cyber warfare attacks by combining the intrusion detection
and analysis forces of Joint, Combined, and Coalition commands.
The Mandylion token utilized during the exercise was one that was modified for DoD use
in 2003 under a DISA Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration Program.
Rear Admiral Nancy E. Brown, Vice Director, Command, Control, Communications
and Computer Systems (J6), Joint Staff, stated that interoperability is essential to allow
a vision of information superiority across the spectrum of operations to evolve and grow.
“Our combined operations in Iraq and other worldwide locations will be using JWID-developed products like the Defense Collaboration Tool Suite (DCTS),” she said.
For more information on the JWID program, visit their web site at:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org