Security startup's creed: you can't hack what you can't see

Monday, 16 June 2003, 5:09 PM EST

Security software startup Trusted Network Technologies Inc. is expected to come out of hiding this week. But it hopes its customers will appreciate the ability to make their networks and critical information systems more clandestine.

The company is expected to disclose today that it has received $6 million in first-round funding from Charles River Ventures and Flagship Ventures, and it will unveil its access-management app, Identity, which sports a sneaky twist.

According to company founder and CEO Stephen Gant, the app provides user access control by embedding a two-factor identity--one linked to the user and the other to the system--into each session request. Authentication requires no extra steps be taken by the user, and there's no impact on network operations, Gant says.

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