Thursby Releases PKard for Mac v1.0

Thursby Software releases PKard for Mac v1.0 for home/remote CAC access to U.S. DoD web sites.

Thursby Software – Arlington, TX – February 28, 2011 – Thursby Software Systems, Inc., today released “PKard for Mac” software to meet the needs of US Department of Defense (DoD) Apple Mac users for seamless remote or home access to secure government websites using Common Access Cards (CAC) smart cards. 

Smart cards are a defensive line for the DoD and Civilian Federal agencies against terrorist attacks, espionage and cyber threats mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, or HSPD-12.

PKard is short for “Public Key Card” and is pronounced “P card”. PKard supports Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Leopard operating systems. All US Government CAC smart cards are supported via Thursby’s own Tokend “driver” technology for seamless access, including next generation cards such as the “Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5” and “Gemalto TOP DL GX4 144K.” PKard is the product of 5-years of US-based smart card engineering work and is proudly supported by Mac-Windows specialists from Arlington, Texas. 

US Army Staff Sergeant Ronald English puts it this way - "I think this is a great product. It allowed me to access my AKO (Army Knowledge Online) and OWA (Outlook Web Access) mail sites with ease. There are other work around methods and software but so far yours has been the easiest to use.”

PKard is a simpler home/remote version of Thursby’s enterprise ADmitMac PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) line of software that secures directly connected Macs in bases and offices of the US Army and many branches of the US Federal Government. Advanced features of ADmitMac PKI include support for commercial grade Microsoft SMB/CIFS, DFS, Active Directory, Group Policies, Mac Workgroup Manager, SSO/single sign-on, network home folders, all US Government CAC and PIV cards, OCSP and VPN that are not required for home/remote web access.

For the home or remote Mac user, all that is required are:
• PKard easy, one-time installation taking less than a minute, with specific choices for the U.S Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, DoD and Navy, and now the U.S.M.C.
• Mac running Leopard (OS X 10.5), Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6), or the Lion (OS X 10.7) Developer Preview
• Valid CAC smart card
• CAC smart card reader with current firmware
• Internet access via Apple’s Safari Browser
• $29.95 Introductory price via our online store

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About Thursby Software Systems, Inc.
Thursby is celebrating a quarter century of enterprise Mac-Windows integration, management and security, with over 50,000 clients and a million licenses sold to-date. Mac-Windows clients come from all seven continents and range from movie and music production, to book and magazine publishing, advertising, the Federal government, education, healthcare and energy, to the Fortune 500. 

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