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genucard Personal Security Device: High-Security Connection to Restricted Networks

Outside of the company network, IT security becomes a major issue: Employees who work in smaller operating sites, or who travel on business frequently need to access your internal network via the Internet to retrieve sensitive data or to use software applications online. This access is very convenient, but it also involves considerable risks. 

Are you sure that the security systems on laptops and workstations used by your employees are always up to date, perform faultlessly, and that your network is accessed solely via secure connections? If you have any doubts, this can be a gateway for malware and unauthorized access – to the PC, and indeed to your entire network. For the crucial area of external employee data communication, we offer the Personal Security Device genucard. The mobile security solution has the official approval of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for classification levels German VS-NfD, NATO RESTRICTED, RESTREINT UE/EU RESTRICTED, and OCCAR RESTRICTED.

Top Highlights

  • Easy to use via USB; authentication and key handling via PIN pad and smart card

  • Plug & Play with laptop and PC

  • Integrated firewall for connection control within and outside of the VPN

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Advanced update mechanism protects against attacks with quantum computers

All benefits of genucard at a glance

  • Self-contained personal security device for mobile use
  • Firewall and VPN approved for classification levels German VS-NfD, NATO RESTRICTED, RESTREINT UE/EU RESTRICTED, and OCCAR RESTRICTED
  • Easy to use via USB (USB-A and USB-C support)
  • Plug & Play with laptop and PC
  • Integrated firewall for connection control within and outside of the VPN
  • High-security VPN for smooth data communication on all devices
  • Authentication and key handling via PIN pad and smart card
  • Investment security through IPv6 integration
  • Advanced update mechanism protects against attacks with quantum computers
  • Easy administration via central management solution
  • Customer service directly from the manufacturer

VPN Using All Available Means

As soon as genucard is activated, e.g., in a home office, it creates a strongly encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN) for the remote peer configured in your network – all data communication is carried out exclusively via this highly secure connection. Possible routes to choose from are WLAN, including public hot spots, mobile telephony, and Ethernet. 

Additional security features are authentication and key handling using a smart card with PIN entry. This is performed via PIN pad directly on the compact device; the status is shown on a display. Without knowing the PIN and possessing the smart card, no one can initiate a connection with your network.

genucard Safeguards the Entire Data Communication Process

genucard is simply connected to the laptop or workstation via USB and ensures secure access to your network. For this purpose, the following applications have been installed on this compact mobile security device:

  • Firewall
  • VPN gateway
  • Smart card reader

Secure Communication on All Channels

genucards are equipped with the following interfaces to allow high-security data communication across all network channels:

  • WLAN Wi-Fi 5, dual-band
  • LTE (incl. SIM card slot)
  • USB (for extensions, e.g., Ethernet)
  • Smart card

A Self-Contained Mobile Device That Guarantees Security

This combination of features provides security for sensitive data communication that reliably protects external users. But that’s not all – with genucard, you also have another significant advantage: The mobile security solution isn’t installed on the computer that it is supposed to protect but rather on an autonomous device with its own operating system. As a result, genucard remains fully functional even if the computer has already been compromised through careless handling. This means you are guaranteed the highest level of protection right when it matters most – in an emergency!

Central Administration via Management Station

genucards can be connected to any laptop or PC. While Internet access and VPN profiles are selected using a local GUI, configuration and administration of genucard is carried out centrally from the genucenter management station. This means that you can control numerous personal security devices centrally and ensure that your desired configuration is installed uniformly throughout, monitor to ensure the correct function, easily transfer updates – and achieve a very high level of IT security.

Approval for Classification Level RESTRICTED

The genucard solution has the official approval of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for classification level RESTRICTED.

Official public bodies, military units, and contracting companies with access to classified information can therefore use the personal security device to ensure that employees have secure access to data classified as restricted when working from home, in branch offices or while traveling. According to the new directive for classified information (Verschlusssachenanweisung, VSA), the approval includes the firewall functions in addition to the VPN.

Post-Quantum Cryptography: genua Meets Future Security Requirements

With products from genua you can make the transition to post-quantum cryptography. Our update mechanism guarantees trustworthy product updates today and in the future: In addition to a digital signature for maximum security according to current standards, the addition of a quantum-resistant signature already provides effective protection against attacks with quantum computers.

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A Safe Investment in Accordance with the BSI Recommendation

Experts assume that in a few years, quantum computers could weaken or even break the current cryptographic methods. The security of the XMSS method developed by genua in cooperation with the Technical University of Darmstadt and the Technical University of Eindhoven is well understood today. By applying this method, we meet the recommendations for future-proof software updates according to the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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