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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

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Dulles, VA. June 25, 2001:
Each year BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) come together to review and acknowledge innovation and excellence in industrial design in both consumer and industrial products. The competition has come to be known as, by all things, as the IDEA awards.

In its 22nd year, this competition has given past recognition to innovative consumer products such as OXO’s "Good Grips" line of kitchen gadgets and Nike athletic products to computer products such as Apple’s innovative PowerBook’s and iMacs to Microsoft’s innovations with its Intellimouse Optical mouse. The competition even includes categories for transportation. Past winners have included Mercedes-Benz and Porsche as well as the PT Cruiser by Chrysler. If it feels or looks good and performs its underlying function in an innovative way, it’s a candidate for award.

This year’s IDEA 2001 entrants were no exception. Included in the competition under multiple categories was Mandylion Research Labs’ password manager device, the ebplite. Simply stated, it’s a key chain sized device about the size of a car door entry fob that generates, stores and manages cryptographically strong passwords for today’s Internet use and e-commerce. Its completely self contained and there is nothing to install on either the PC or the host computer.

"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", states Joseph Grajewski, Mandylion’s President. Military, Government and private testing of the device has shown that it thwarts all known brute force and dictionary type password hacking attacks.

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. The product retails for approximately $69.95 with corporate and Government discounts bringing its price in the mid $30 dollar range U.S.

In addition to its innovation in what it does, the physical design of the device was equally innovative and contributed to its inclusion in the competition. Industrial and human factors design engineer, Todd Beck of Pemstar Corporation (NasdaqNM:PMTR) is credited in the competition for creating the device’s physical design. Beck stated " we wanted the device to easily become part of a person’s personal affects that they carry with them everyday." "Our concept was to make it feel emotionally comfortable for the individual to carry, like a good luck charm." "Our research brought us to a design which emulates the earthy comfort of a small stone or rune, cool to the touch, smoothed and polished by a mountain river stream." That, however, created a design challenge. How to make such a device small enough to be kept securely and comfortably in a user’s personal possession, yet still be big enough to allow for convenient user interaction and easy viewing of its display.

The solution to the size challenge was to incorporate the user’s existing key ring and keys to act as a counterweight and steadying lanyard to the unit, according to Pemstar’s Beck. With this design, the unit is cinched in the user’s palm by the natural action of the weight of the keys on the user’s key ring. This has a steadying effect on the device and allows the user to interact single handedly with the device. With the counterweight, the unit could be reduced in size to the footprint of its essential elements; namely the 5 input keys and the LCD display. A custom LCD was designed that allowed for a single display area to present multiple data sets without confusing the user. The LCD was designed to have a limited viewing angle to discretely thwart others from viewing the contents of the display.

Over two years of work went into the product’s design including its human factors according to Pemstar’s Larry Nielsen, overall executive in charge of the entire project. Nielsen stated "that the entire project was a study in good industrial design from electronic componentry and chip design to microcode to user interface." Industrial design is the professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer. As such, Industrial designers develop these concepts and specifications through collection, analysis and synthesis of data guided by the special requirements of the client or manufacturer. They are trained to prepare clear and concise recommendations through drawings, models and verbal descriptions.

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.
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