MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO—Cybersecurity solutions provider WinMagic announced it has successfully provided a solution to one of the Federal Civilian Executive Branch (FCEB) agencies solving their challenge of using Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and encryption together for their Linux environment. With this, WinMagic has been able to demonstrate that federal agencies can readily comply with President Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO) requiring MFA and encryption of all endpoint devices.
The EO gave U.S. federal agencies just 180 days to find and implement MFA and encryption solutions to shore up cybersecurity vulnerabilities of the sort that resulted in recent breaches of extremely sensitive data, and that—in one incident—allowed hackers to create gasoline shortages in the Southeast by shutting down a vital pipeline.
“Our product allows the agencies to comply to the norms and secure their infrastructure leveraging the current tools they have. It saves time, money and improves the time to market significantly”, said Rob deCarle, VP of Product Management at WinMagic. It was fortuitous that the agency insisted on using PIV cards for pre-boot authentication. “Our solution is premised in part on the idea that employing MFA to protect both pre-boot authentication and the entire system is best accomplished using a PIV smart card,” deCarle added. “We offered exactly what the agency needed.”
Said the user, “Until we explored WinMagic’s SecureDoc Enterprise Server and SecureDoc Endpoint Encryption solutions, we found no alternatives anywhere in the marketplace that could meet our need. We found it reassuring that WinMagic was already helping many other federal and state agencies in the U.S. Without the WinMagic solution, our alternative was to not use Linux devices at all, since there is no solution out there that could help us use PIV cards at encryption pre-boot.”
WinMagic contends this is a need heightened by the presidential executive order and by Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (CMMC) regulations.
Security starts with the endpoint. WinMagic, with more than 20 years of continuous innovation, takes pride in using high standards, applied cryptography and its engineering capabilities to provide secure, feature-rich and comprehensive solutions in both encryption and authentication.
Its one console, one key management system for both encryption and authentication provides prevention with cryptography - from preboot authentication to cloud services, from endpoint to IoT to datacenters and cloud workloads. This substantially decreases IT costs while giving very positive user experience and simplifies cybersecurity to an extent the industry has not seen to date.
WinMagic sets the bar when it comes to full-disk-encryption for both Windows and Linux environments and leverages this to do the same for passwordless authentication! At WinMagic, we are committed to provide the most feature-rich solutions in encryption and in FIDO-based passwordless authentication to our customers.