Dameware is the first remote administration software to offer Smart Card authentication and Interactive Smart Card Login.
Smart Card authentication is the ability to access resources on a remote machine by logging into to your local machine using a Smart Card and a PIN and passing this information on to the remote machine. Highly secure environments like the U.S. Federal Government mandates the use of Smart Card authentication as the primary method of accessing their information systems. Dameware includes remote Smart Card authentication, which allows users of Dameware to authenticate to a remote computer using their Smart Card and PIN from their local system as if they physically walked up to the console of the remote system.
Dameware is one of only a few products that provide both Smart Card authentication and Interactive Smart Card logins. Interactive Smart Card login is the ability to connect to a remote machine that is at the “Lock screen” by using the Smart Card authentication by entering the PIN when prompted. DRS does not require a Smart Card reader or any type of Smart Card middleware to use "remote Smart Card authentication" or "Interactive Smart Card login." This means that DRS users can access remote computers from the remote desktop logon screen. Remote users interactively log in using their PIN.
Dameware is Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Compliant. Beginning with version 6.7 of the software, Dameware Development, LLC has partnered with RSA Security, Inc. to use the BSAFE Crypto-C Micro Edition cryptography module, which has met all requirements for FIPS 140-2 compliance when operated in "FIPS Mode." When this new "FIPS Mode" option is set, the Dameware software will exclusively use the BSAFE Crypto-C ME FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library, which allows the use of only FIPS-approved encryption libraries and ciphers.
Dameware meets the requirements of Federal Government and other highly secure networks. The U.S Federal Government has mandated the FIPS 140-2 Compliance and also Smart Card authentication. FIPS 140 standards are U.S. government computer security standards issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that specify requirements for cryptography modules. Smart Card authentication has been standardized for employee identification and access within U.S Federal Government departments and agencies in accordance with U.S. President George Bush's Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12).With Smart Card authentication and FIPS 140-2 Compliance, Dameware meets requirements of Federal Government and highly secure networks.
In 2006, Dameware was contacted by members of the U.S. Military and asked to provide a Smart Card solution for the new Common Access Card (CAC) environment. Dameware accepted the challenge becoming the first 3rd-party remote administration software to provide remote Smart Card authentication. The U.S. Army tested Dameware software within their strict environment and proved that it met all CAC requirements. When originally developed, Dameware software was the only known remote administration tool that was completely CAC compliant as well as Army Gold Master 6.0 compliant and compatible.