epas™ – Enterprise Password Assessment Solution

The number one risk of any IT security architecture, no matter how thorough and extensive, remains the human factor, and implicitly the way users interact with the IT environment through the use of passwords. A random sampling of this interaction has shown that more than half of all passwords in use within corporate environments do not satisfy minimal security standards.

Detack GmbH together with Praetors AG have developed epas™ as a solution offered as a service, for automatic and regular assessment of password strength for a wide range of systems. epas™ addresses the overwhelming issue of maintaining secure passwords, without the burden of tokens or smart cards, in large enterprise heterogeneous environments containing Microsoft® Active Directory, IBM® System z, SAP® or various other components. epas™ can also interact with the audited system in order to prevent the usage of weak or otherwise predictable passwords.

Combining more than a decade of security auditing experience, epas™ offers a successful combination of German thoroughness and Swiss innate privacy protection into an effective permanent audit solution to complete and complement a client’s data center. Employing only legitimate ciphertext extraction methods, epas™ generates no system stability risk for the target, and the scalability available with the addition of processing modules allows for a simultaneous audit of millions of accounts.

All the passwords in the target IT environment are analyzed against the available security policies and a comprehensive report is generated while maintaining complete privacy with no clear text passwords displayed or becoming known. epas™ takes into account all legal requirements for protecting users’ private data.

A more in-depth presentation of the epas™ solution can be found here.

CLIQZ – Surf and find ultra-safe, ultra-fast.

Jean-Paul Schmetz &  Dr.-Ing. Marc Al-Hames believe in the internet where the user’s interest really does come first. This internet requires a radically new way of thinking and a complete redesign.

So they gave everything to take surfing and searching the internet to the next level. They have come up with CLIQZ, the first browser to give you back your security and revolutionize the search. And they are proud of it.

IMEI – International Mobile Equipment Identity

The IMEI is a usually unique serial number on mobiles, as well as on some satellite phones.  It can be displayed onscreen on most mobiles by entering *#06# on the dial pad, or alongside other system information in the menu settings on smartphone operating systems. In older mobiles, it is often printed inside the battery compartment.

The IMEI is used by the mobile’s network to identify the device and can be used for stopping a stolen mobile from accessing that network. For example, if a mobile is stolen, the owner can call his network provider and instruct them to “blacklist” the respective mobile using its IMEI number. This renders the mobile useless whether or not the phone’s SIM is changed. But I have my doubts if this works in Chinese or Russian networks also.