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Juniper Networks

October 14, 2013 10:00 ET

Juniper Networks and Thursby Software Partner to Provide First-of-Its-Kind Smartcard Solution for Strong Authentication Onto Government Networks

Solution Enables Smart Card Integration With Apple iOS Devices for Government Agencies and Ministries Around the World

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 14, 2013) - Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network innovation, today announced it has partnered with Thursby Software to enable government agencies to use smartcard authentication on Apple iOS devices. Through integration with Juniper Networks® Junos® Pulse Secure Access Service and Thursby's PKard® software and card reader hardware, government employees can now use the same smartcards in use today for all levels of authentication -- both physical and online -- to connect to private or carrier mobile networks through their iPhones or iPads.

Juniper Networks is the first vendor to offer seamless and secure authentication for remote access to government networks from mobile devices via simple smartcards. Other card readers that integrate with the Junos Pulse Secure Access Service include Precise Biometrics' Tactivo™ and models from Identive.

As the adoption rate of mobile devices -- particularly Apple iOS devices like iPhones and iPads -- in government has increased, the need for smartcard authentication for mobile devices has likewise grown, not just in U.S. federal agencies, but government agencies and ministries worldwide. In fact, the use of smartcards as a means of authentication has been mandated and incorporated into service by many different government agencies and ministries around the world. The latest technology partnership allows Juniper to address these same needs for other nations' government agencies and ministries.

Supporting Quotes
"We've been looking for ways to empower employees and contractors to access secure networks from their mobile device, specifically on iOS devices while using their Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card. We are excited that Juniper Networks has partnered with Thursby to make this a reality."
--Christopher Harris, project manager, FAA

"For many of our customers, Juniper's solid VPN solution adds a critical missing link in mobile security within the U.S. government."
--William Thursby, president, Thursby Software Systems

"Providing a strong authentication option for government employees to securely connect to networks with their smartphones is another example of Juniper's leadership in network innovation. Juniper has provided secure, remote connectivity via mobile devices to enterprises for years, and now with Thursby, government employees have the option to securely connect to networks from their iOS device of choice."
--Brian Roach, vice president, federal, Juniper Networks

Government Certification
The Junos Pulse Secure Access Service has been tested and certified by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) as a Department of Defense (DoD) Public Key-Enabled certified application. The solution supports cutting edge technology such as HTML5 and SAML 2.0 that enables customers to extend cloud and virtual applications securely to their remote users. Finally, the Junos Pulse Pulse Secure Access Service meets federal certification standards such as FIPS 140-2 and CC-EAL3, offering strong cryptographic features such as Suite B and TLS 1.2 that are critical for government customers.

See a demo of the integrated Juniper Networks Junos Pulse Secure Access Service and Thursby PKard software and card reader solution at the Smart Card Alliance Government Conference, Booth 308/310. And visit Identive's booth, 307, and Precise Biometrics' booth, 207.

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About Thursby Software
Thursby Software is celebrating over a quarter century of enterprise Apple integration, management and security specialization. Thursby is US-owned, operated and GSA-listed, with headquarters in Arlington, Texas. Thursby has well over 70,000 clients across 140 countries, including organizations with thousands of devices under management, and well over a million software licenses sold. Clients range from government, to finance, healthcare, energy, FORTUNE™ 500, Global 2000 companies, education, research, media and OEMs. For more information about Thursby and its solutions, please visit www.thursby.com.

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