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Belkin Smart Card Reader Achieves FIPS 201 Certification Federal Security Standard Assures Iron-clad Security

and Reliability for Governm ent Organizations Playa Vista, CA, November 16, 2012 -- Belkin Enterprise, a trusted leader of cus tomer-driven computing solutions for office, IT infrastructure and mobile enviro nments, today announced that its USB Smart Card and Common Access Card (CAC) Rea der is now FIPS 201 (Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201) co mpliant and is listed on the GSA FIPS 201 Products List (APL). Belkin's USB Smar t Card and CAC Reader is designed specifically for today's demanding government applications. Achieving FIPS 201 compliance demonstrates Belkin's commitment to developing purpose-built products that meet the particular requirements of custo mers such as government agencies for whom security is a primary concern. FIPS 201 is a United States federal government standard that specifies Personal Identity Verification (PIV) requirements for federal employees and contractors t o achieve appropriate security assurance for multiple applications. The standard was designed to ensure that the identity of individuals who seek physical acces s to federally controlled government facilities, and electronic access to govern ment information systems, is efficiently verified. Offering the broadest range of smart card compatibility, including Class A, B, C (5v, 3v and 1.8v), the Belkin Smart Card Reader features a compact, tamper-resi stant design for easy one-handed card insertion that is ideal for government dat a security use. Designed to support smart cards meeting ISO7816 standards, which include CAC and PIV, the new Belkin Smart Card Reader has been built from the ground up to assu re high security for government applications. Its unibody enclosure works to eli minate entry points and prevents physical electronic tampering. All firmware is in ROM (read only memory) to assure no risk of alteration. "We built our new smart card reader from the ground up, specifically to meet str ict government security requirements," said Carlos Del Toro, senior global produ ct manager for Belkin. "Achieving FIPS 201 compliance is a tribute to our develo pment approach and the unique features that deliver iron-clad security and relia bility to our government customers." Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as ev ery essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more inform ation visit: Belkin Government. About Belkin Enterprise Belkin Enterprise, a division of Belkin International, offers commercial computi ng solutions for office, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven te chnology leader for more than 25 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutio ns designed to address customer requirements in business, government and educati on. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a pur chasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company's lineof commercial products are available through Bel kin's global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista , California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be fo und on the Web at Contact : Denise Nelson

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