Entrust Enables Secure, Authenticated Access to Enterprise Resources for Global Facility Services Group

February 24, 2009

Agreement with ISS France facilitated by local partner, displaces competitor’s high-priced tokens

DALLAS, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — As budgets tighten amidst unpredictable financial times, organizations are learning the benefits of migrating to affordable, proven authentication methods to help secure enterprise access and resources. ISS France, a segment of the ISS global facility services group, understands this advantage and ended their dependence on high-priced hardware tokens in favor of Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU) and the Entrust IdentityGuard versatile authentication platform for enterprise security.

“What we really desired was a proven, affordable solution that could authenticate users — employees, suppliers and customers — with different roles to varying applications,” said ISS architecture manager Thierry Issindou. “Grid cards were the simple, cost-effective answer to replace high-priced tokens, which lacked the versatility we required. In the end, it was the easy, affordable choice that best fit the needs of our users and organization.”

With Entrust IdentityGuard grids authenticating the identities of the organization’s employees, ISS France is able to manage the roles and specific access of their entire workforce and specific third-party organizations. This verification is based on inclusion to predefined user groups. Facilitated by local French partner Digital People, the implementation also enabled ISS France to simplify an enrollment process that was complex, costly and time-consuming in the previous environment. Digital People also tailored Entrust IdentityGuard to help ISS manage employee access according to their roles. This was a key decision criterion to ISS.

“The goal of a dynamic enterprise security strategy is to provide organizations with a strong, proven authentication solution that has the flexibility to grow and evolve as their security requirements change,” said Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner. “Many vendors offer just a few authentication methods, but we feel enterprises should deploy solutions that have many authenticators to choose from – and which are affordable enough for use on a mass scale.”

Already deployed by ISS Austria, ISS France was encouraged by the ease of implementation and affordability of the Entrust IdentityGuard versatile authentication platform. In addition, ISS France valued the reliability of the grid cards compared to high-priced hardware tokens that, in their experience, can be lost or broken.

“Entrust IdentityGuard’s ability to grant external contractors time-limited grid cards provides unique flexibility and allows more frequent maintenance operations,” said Thierry Issindou. “This is a tremendous benefit to ISS business as internal resources are less solicited, drastically reducing operating and travel expenses.”

Entrust IdentityGuard enables organizations to layer security — according to access requirements or the risk of a given transaction — across diverse users and applications. The platform’s authentication options include username and password, IP-geolocation, device, questions and answers, out-of-band one-time passcode (delivered via voice, SMS or e-mail), grid cards and a range of one-time-passcode tokens. Entrust IdentityGuard also provides multiple methods of supporting mutual authentication, including picture and caption replay.

ISS France provides central management to seven departments of the ISS Group in that region. Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, the global ISS Group offers a wide range of service solutions, including property services, cleaning, office support, security and catering. Founded in 1901, ISS is one of the world’s largest facility services group, operating in 50 countries with more than 440,000 employees.

About Entrust

Entrust [NASDAQ: ENTU] secures digital identities and information for consumers, enterprises and governments in more than 2,000 organizations spanning 60 countries. Leveraging a layered security approach to address growing risks, Entrust solutions help secure the most common digital identity and information protection pain points in an organization. These include SSL, authentication, fraud detection, shared data protection and e-mail security. For information, call 888-690-2424, e-mail entrust@entrust.com or visit www.entrust.com.

Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries. In Canada, Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust Limited. All Entrust product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Entrust, Inc. or Entrust Limited. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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