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Federal Computer Week Review
Leading Federal and State IT Publication reviews Mandylion’s next generation token and states its “ready for enterprise deployment”
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Wall Street Journal Review
WSJ article provides overview of how corporations are coping with password overload and favorably describes the Mandylion Token as the hardware token solution. more info

Military Information Technology Magazine
Respected Military Journal Reviews DoD program which matured Mandylion token technology. more info

Civilian Agencies Deploy
The Commerce Department’s National Weather Service, Treasury’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the National Institutes of Health Deploy tokens. more info

DoD Funds Development
Mandylion Labs technology was matured and showcased as part of a 3 year Advance Concept Technology Development and Demonstration Project funded by DoD Advanced Systems and Concepts. more info

How Strong Are Your Passwords? Security experts cite weak passwords as one of the most critical security threats to your infrastructure. But just what is a strong password? Are their tools that can help me audit and quantify my risk? more info
Dulles, Va., December 15, 2001:
Mandylion Research Labs, LLC today announced that its patent pending Personal Password Manager token, the ebplite has recently received a "Test Drive" product review from the top Government Information Technology publications of the PostNewsweek Tech Media , Government Computer News (GCN) and its GCN.com online. Receiving these coveted "Test Drive" 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 Government Computer News review compliments a similar glowing "First Look" review that appears more recently in PC Magazine and PC Magazine Online.

"…Device keeps passwords from going to the dogs" is how PostNewsweek Tech Media writer and GCN staff member John Breeden II summed up his "Test Drive" of the device while poking fun at how frustrated Federal employees unintentionally compromise security by make up easily hackable passwords by using their kids’ or pets’ names when faced the almost daily requirement to create, change and remember so many different logins. Breeden gave the Mandylion Personal Password Manager a B+ box score and cited the device’s "pluses" include its ability to keep random passwords safe; can’t be hacked without destroying the data and that its extremely configurable and customizable. Breeden touched on all the products strengths and added the device, "takes up the challenge" of maintaining robust password security.

The full review and review comments from this December 10, 2001 "Test Drive" can be viewed online at:

www.gcn.com/20_34/reviews/17631-1.htm.

""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." "In October , 2001, after the attack on the WTC, the GAO presented its report on Federal Information Security to Congress and stated that 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 www.mandylionlabs.com.

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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 info@mandylionlabs.com

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