Vienna, Va. (September 3, 2002):
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 Government Information Technology publication,
Week (FCW) and its online sister publication,
FCW.com. FCW's parent, FCW Media Group,
sponsors the prestigious Federal 100 and the Government CIO Summit. Receiving these
coveted reviews highlights Mandylion Labs’ growing presence in the Federal information
security marketplace and reflects its innovative approach to secure password use and
management, a significant issue facing virtually Federal Agency and the DoD according to
recent GAO reports on the security of Federal information technology. This FCW review
compliments a similar glowing "First Look" review that appears in
PC Magazine and
PC Magazine Online as well as Government Computer News.
"…Passwords at Your Fingertips" is how FCW
test center staff member,
summed up the publication’s testing labs positive impressions of the device. "The device not
only helps you manage the passwords you already have, it can also generate highly secure
random passwords for you" she added in the review.
The article stated that "The number of passwords
is actually multiplying as federal workers conduct
more business over the Internet and use different
systems, such as networks, laptop computers and
handled devices." With regard to the ability of the
device to empower Federal workers to create and
manage passwords under the typically onerous
Federal password policies, "We were impressed with
the high level of password customization possible
with such a small, simple device." Expressing that
the consumer version of the device does take some
effort to get the hang of, the article concludes
"…for everyday use, which consists primarily of
viewing password accounts, the device is extremely
simple to operate". 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 full review and review comments from this article can be viewed online at::
"The focus as a Company and its innovative products is the Federal Government’s mandate to improve
its cyber security." "As evidenced by these reviews and initial strong interest, it's clear that we've succeeded,"
said Joseph Grajewski, president of Mandylion. "This success is a significant milestone for us as it
underscores our continued leadership in password security and user authentication in the Fed."
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 users."
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