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RYE BROOK, NY, Oct 04, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Gemalto recently announced that "Swedbank is deploying the Protiva corporate solution across its organization, as well as in 60 savings banks in Sweden. The result: a single global identity management system to provide better access protection for networks and cloud resources. Swedbank is the leading bank in Sweden and the Baltic countries, with 10 million private customers and nearly 700,000 corporate clients. The Protiva solution, part of Gemalto's cloud computing security offer, will secure access to data networks and physical access for 20,000 employees, irrespective of country, branch or IT system. Implemented initially in Sweden, the solution is being deployed across the Baltic countries, as well as in a number of smaller representative offices internationally.

As part of a multi-year contract, Gemalto is providing Swedbank with the Protiva converged badge solution based on PKI1, a proven technology for secure online identity authentication. The solution includes a server platform and software applications for a complete card management. It also includes comprehensive deployment support and maintenance services, personalization and fulfillment services based out of Gemalto's Stockholm offices, as well as advanced card renewal services. In addition to providing Swedbanks' employees with secure access to their company network remotely or on-site, the Protiva corporate badge will also enable email encryption and eSigning."

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Wave Systems said it has completed the acquisition of Safend, a leading provider of endpoint data loss protection solutions, including port and device control, encryption for removable media, content inspection and discovery, for approximately $12.8 million

The addition of Safend's complementary product suite creates strong cross-selling opportunities into the healthcare, financial and government verticals where data loss protection is a high priority. Safend's reseller channel, combined with its direct sales force and strong presence in EMEA, gives Wave new sales resources with access to new market opportunities. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, with offices in Philadelphia, Safend has approximately 70 employees. Prior to the acquisition, Safend was backed by prominent technology venture capital investors including Elron Electronics Industries Ltd., Intel Capital and Walden Israel Venture Capital.

"With the escalation of cyber threats and an increasingly mobile workforce, many customers are looking for an integrated and cohesive security solution across the data lifecycle -- from data-at-rest to data-in-motion and, ultimately, to archiving," said Steven Sprague, Wave CEO and President. "Safend's award-winning suite of DLP, port control and removable media encryption software strengthens our existing portfolio of data encryption and device authentication solutions. The acquisition will enable Wave to deliver a holistic trusted computing management platform that roots software security to trusted computing hardware and provides the enterprise with interoperability across all platforms.

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Mr. Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director, Smart Card Alliance, told us, "The White House-established National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is driving the industry to look at frameworks and technologies for authenticating individuals' identities on the Internet -- with smart card technology a natural fit for authenticating high-value transactions. In addition, the healthcare industry is developing standards and looking for solutions for authenticating patient and provider identities to reduce medical fraud, address medical identity theft, and enable efficiencies within the healthcare system. An increasing number of healthcare organizations are using or considering smart card technology (, including several states' Medicaid programs and a proposed Federal pilot of smart card-based Medicare cards."

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Mr. Neil Schuster, President/CEO, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, told us, "We strive to support motor vehicle and law enforcement agencies advance public safety and security by lowering highway fatalities and injuries, reducing vehicle theft and fraud and improving identification security."

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Mr. Evan Scott, President, ESGI - Executive Search Consultants, told us, "The interesting thing about our business is that the demand for talent typically follows where companies think the government will be spending money. For instance, this year we have handled CEO searches for services clients and heads of business development for services, consulting and product companies. The area where the government will spend money is in security, physical, cyber and information management. There is a lot of attention being paid to the INTEL community and Health Care, IT. This includes electronic medical records and other technologies to help with the care of our veterans. There is also a great deal of activity thru State Department bringing services to the Middle East and third world countries."

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