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Pantech Integrates AuthenTec's VPN Security and FIPS-certified Secure Platform in New Android Smartphones

Press Release posted by Michelle Ruhfass on Wednesday August 22, 2012.

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MELBOURNE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AuthenTec (NASDAQ:AUTH), a leading provider of mobile and network security, today announced that Pantech has chosen its Mobile VPN and FIPS-certified cryptographic security for use in its newest smartphones. The integration of AuthenTec's QuickSec Mobile VPN Client and SafeZone FIPS 140-certified secure platform allows Pantech's newest smartphones to meet the stringent security requirements specified by the world's largest wireless carriers.

"Pantech recognized that the integration of our bundled VPN and FIPS crypto offering allowed them to get to market quickly and cost-effectively while meeting security goals set by the carriers" The addition of AuthenTec QuickSec VPN Client for Android allows Pantech mobile phone users to easily and securely connect to enterprise networks and the cloud. AuthenTec's SafeZone/FIPS middleware supports a full range of cryptography operations for enhanced security for users on the go.

The need for VPN security that allows smartphone and tablet users to easily and securely connect to enterprise networks continues to grow. According to IDC, momentum behind bring your own device (BYOD) in the enterprise continues unabated, and is the single largest factor driving enterprise mobility and WLAN market growth. AuthenTec's Mobile VPN Client for Android helps address security concerns posed by BYOD and is a complete VPN solution designed specifically for Android phones and tablets that offers interoperability with all major VPN gateways.

"Only AuthenTec offered a bundled VPN and FIPS 140-certified secure platform solution as well as responsive technical support needed to meet the mobile security demands of our carrier partners," said Sunu Hong, Senior V.P. of Pantech Co., Ltd. "AuthenTec has already been a valuable partner in providing DRM for many Pantech smartphones, and we are pleased to further expand our relationship through this most recent mobile security collaboration."

"Pantech recognized that the integration of our bundled VPN and FIPS crypto offering allowed them to get to market quickly and cost-effectively while meeting security goals set by the carriers," said Dr. Simon Blake-Wilson, Vice President of AuthenTec Embedded Security Solutions. "Due to the comprehensive security protection provided by our new SafeZone/FIPS solution, we believe this is our first of several design wins and we look forward to supporting this leading Korean handset manufacturer in the successful launch of their new smartphones."

AuthenTec's SafeZone/FIPS is a FIPS 140-certified software solution supporting a full range of cryptography operations that can be used to secure both data-in-transit over SSL and IPSec connections as well as perform military grade encryption of data-at-rest on a mobile device.

AuthenTec offers complete mobile and network security solutions for handset makers, mobile operators, and rich content providers, including fingerprint sensor hardware, identity management software and embedded security.

About AuthenTec

AuthenTec is a leading provider of mobile and network security. The Company's diverse product and technology offering helps protect individuals and organizations through secure networking, content and data protection, access control and strong fingerprint security on PCs and mobile devices. AuthenTec encryption technology, fingerprint sensors and identity management software are deployed by the leading mobile device, networking and computing companies, content and service providers, and governments worldwide. AuthenTec's products and technologies provide security on hundreds of millions of devices, and the Company has shipped more than 100 million fingerprint sensors for integration in a wide range of portable electronics including over 20 million mobile phones. Top tier customers include Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Fujitsu, HBO, HP, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Samsung, Sky, and Texas Instruments. Learn more at authentec.com or follow us on twitter.com/authentecnews.

About Pantech

Pantech Co., Ltd. is one of Korea's top three mobile handset makers. Pantech has received wide-ranging industry recognition for its innovative handset designs, and has also introduced a significant number of breakthrough technologies in the mobile phone industry. Established in 1991, Pantech collectively has approximately 3,500 employees and 6 regional sales offices worldwide. For more information on Pantech, please visit www.pantech.com.

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