Thursby extends Mac smart card integration to Apple OS X Mountain Lion

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[prMac.com] Arlington, Texas - PKard(R) for Mac meets the needs of DoD, Federal and corporate Mac users for simple and straightforward CAC, PIV, PIV-I or CIV smart card access to secure web sites, web VPN and secure Apple mail. The update for the new operating system is free to all existing customers and $29.95 for new customers needing support for Mountain Lion, or the previous Lion or Snow Leopard releases.

PKard for Mac is the most widely deployed official and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) two-factor smart card authentication solution for Apple Macs, much as PKard Reader is the most widely deployed smart card solution for the Apple iPad and iPhone. Using Thursby's standards-based OS X and iOS security products, thousands of users are able to securely and conveniently leverage Apple devices on-the-go, freeing them from offices, legacy PCs, end-of-life tablets and smart phones, as well as the limitations and fees of centralized network operations centers (NOC).

Paul Nelson, Thursby's Chief Technical Officer, explains the initial motivation for the PKard Suite on Mac, iPad and iPhone - "We saw there was a need for Apple users to get their smart cards working without being rocket scientists". Apple users tend to agree - " a great product, allowing me to access my AKO and OWA mail sites with ease", "seamless, painless integration" and "one of the best expenditures I've ever made."

Thursby Software Systems, Inc. is celebrating over a quarter century of enterprise Apple integration, management and security, adding smart card enablement from the mid 2000s for clients from the Pentagon and US Army to the National Institutes of Health, with over 60,000 clients and over a million licenses sold to-date. Clients come from all seven continents and range from government, to finance, energy, healthcare, Global 2000 companies, education, research, media and OEMs. Copyright (C) 2012 Thursby Software Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, iPad and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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