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
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.
full review and review comments from this December 10, 2001 "Test
Drive" 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." "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
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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