SafeNet launches Sentinel Hardware Keys with Real Time Clock to add licence flexibility and security

By | May 8, 2006

SafeNet, setting the standard for information security, has announced the launch of Sentinel Hardware Keys Real Time Clock (RTC). This software rights management token will protect software vendors from unauthorised use or distribution of their products and includes a non-repudiated time source.

Sentinel RTC Keys contain a clock stored inside the hardware key, allowing software developers to securely offer time-based licence models such as trial, demo or subscription. Developers can now provide customers’ with flexible time-based licensing, at the same time as protecting their revenue streams by securing software against time tampering.

“The availability of Sentinel Hardware Keys with a physical clock increases the high level of security because the key does not need to rely on the users’ system time,” said Eric Gruenke, Security Analyst at Hal-Tec Corporation. “Hal-Tec was concerned about the vulnerability of the communications pipe between the hardware token and the software application. We considered different products and found the Sentinel Hardware Key to be the most secure token available particularly because of the encryption protecting the communications.”

“We are excited to offer our customers increased functionality with this revolutionary hardware token,” said Ken Chow, general manager, Software Protection Business Unit, SafeNet Inc. “With the real time clock, software developers using Sentinel Keys now have the highest level of protection against time tampering in addition to the strongest security for protecting their intellectual property.”

Sentinel Hardware Keys are the first to incorporate public key cryptography, AES encryption and internal authentication. The result is an ultra-secure hardware token that still offers the highly flexible licensing for which the SafeNet Sentinel product line is known. Additionally, with Sentinel Business Layer APIs™, developers can obtain the highest level of security and control over license designs without spending time on lower level programming.

Sentinel Hardware Keys, SafeNet’s industry-leading hardware tokens which, when attached to a computer or network, monitor and enforce the licensing of products which have been protected using this solution. Sentinel Hardware Keys deliver military-grade security through public key cryptography, AES encryption and internal authentication. SafeNet’s Unified Software Protection is available immediately and can be purchased in a variety of configurations to suit different needs.

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