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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, 2013/09/25 - Smart Crib Ltd, based in Cambridge, UK, has launched a unique password management solution, sCrib™, to give users a range of ultra-secure passwords at the touch of a button.
Its sCrib technology which comprises Password sCrib, a self-contained password device for users, and sCrib Management, a system for centralised management and recovery. Products have been designed to provide a range of password recovery mechanisms for users and companies of all sizes. Like a crib sheet enhances your memory, sCrib will never leave you without access to your laptops, computers or data.
Founded by designer Dr Dan Cvrcek, a former researcher at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and banking security expert at Deloitte, the company has its main office in Cambridge where its products are designed.
Password sCrib is a pocket-sized cryptographic USB device that produces unbreakable passwords at the touch of a button. It plugs into the USB port of any computer and is your digital key that can be backed up and its passwords conveniently recovered. Password sCrib enters passwords for disk encryption, laptop logins, websites and applications and enables two forms of 2-factor authentication to enhance security.
sCrib Management is a secure, cost-effective software solution for efficient password recovery and management of Password sCrib devices. Its Enterprise version integrates with Windows AD servers and automatically synchronises passwords with Windows accounts. The system is designed for seamless migration from passwords to sCrib.
It is also suitable for situations where IT support is outsourced to an external company as it allows client companies to audit their password security as well as changes and access to their passwords. The system is designed to fit the needs of small and medium enterprises that are most vulnerable to internet crime and online attacks.
Dan, a security and cryptography specialist, says: “We spent a lot of time improving the original prototype to fit customer needs and focusing our business proposition. We extended the original concept from an easy-to-use product for consumers into a fully-fledged product to simplify password management in companies while providing good value for money even for small deployments.
“Trust is the most significant aspect of security and people are very sensitive about security of their passwords. A physical dongle you can attach to your key ring is already a much more trustworthy option compared to a piece of software.
“We eventually found excellent product designers, Dickinson Associates of Rick Dickinson. Rick is the designer of the iconic Sinclair products in 1980s, including ZX81 and ZX Spectrum. He delivered an excellent product design that is functional as well as elegant.
“We believe our sCrib products are well suited for small and medium companies as we believe SMEs represent the most vulnerable type of computer users. They are dependent on computers for their survival but they are often excluded from corporate security products because of the assumed IT management model and cost.”
Dan, who spent more than a decade in academia researching technology and IT security issues, says the device could also prevent key-logging attacks.
He says: “One of the major threats to security is key-logging. A hacker can access a PC, via an email or a compromised website, and plant a small programme which can record every key press by a user. This makes it easy for them to gain passwords to access secure systems. sCrib prevents this as key-logging software is unable to get an accurate read as to what is being input.”
Smart Crib Ltd (s-crib.com) now offers sCrib Management primarily for installation on internal servers of customers but also as a managed cloud-hosted solution.