Phoenix Police Department Selects DigitalPersona Pro to Secure Mobile Access and Comply with CJIS Mandate

May 25, 2010

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 25 /PRNewswire/ — DigitalPersona, Inc., a global provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions, today announced that the Phoenix Police Department has deployed DigitalPersona® Pro to secure mobile access to information, reduce helpdesk costs and simplify compliance with the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) mandate. With DigitalPersona Pro, access to laptops and desktop PCs that store CJIS information is controlled through strong, two-factor authentication that includes fingerprint biometrics. This deployment has enabled the Police Department to significantly reduce its password-related helpdesk costs and ease the burden that users face in creating and maintaining secure passwords.

“We have more than 3,800 officers and support personnel. This puts a tremendous strain on our Department’s IT staff to enable secure access to criminal justice information,” said Bob Erdely, network security administrator, Phoenix Police Department. “The CJIS mandate requires all mobile devices to use two-factor authentication. DigitalPersona’s solution helps us comply with CJIS requirements, makes it easier for our users to create and manage secure passwords, and improves information access for our staff.”

Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the U.S. The Phoenix Police Department serves a population of more than 1.5 million Arizona residents and is responsible for patrolling nearly 516 square miles. Supporting a population of this size requires secure, timely access to criminal records both in the field and in the office. Previously, officers, detectives and support personnel were only able to access CJIS information from desktop PCs located at headquarters. By using DigitalPersona Pro in compliance with the FBI’s CJIS mandate, personnel can now also access information from laptops.

DigitalPersona Pro is a centrally-managed software solution that makes it easier for organizations across a variety of sectors to comply with government mandates for strong authentication in business applications and computer logon. The Phoenix Police Department selected DigitalPersona Pro for its ease-of-use, reduced burden on IT staff and low total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to alternative solutions. DigitalPersona Pro leverages the department’s previously-deployed desktops and fingerprint-enabled laptops and is integrated with its existing Active Directory infrastructure.

“Organizations in nearly every sector are facing increased regulation when it comes to securing confidential information,” said Jim Fulton, vice president of marketing at DigitalPersona. “With DigitalPersona Pro, organizations can easily deploy strong two-factor authentication without increasing the workload of IT staff. For the Phoenix Police Department’s officers and support personnel, this is mission-critical. It allows them to focus on serving their community, instead of struggling to access information.”

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About DigitalPersona

DigitalPersona, Inc. is a global provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions that make security simple, practical and affordable for businesses of all sizes. The company helps enterprises, government agencies, custom application developers and independent software vendors to efficiently address growing security, compliance and fraud-prevention demands. DigitalPersona’s award-winning technology is offered by market-leading computer manufacturers and solution providers around the world. For more information contact DigitalPersona, Inc. at: +1 650.474.4000, or visit www.digitalpersona.com.

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