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Australian invention for low cost, cutting–edge Internet authentication completes Proof of Concept at American International School

  • 22 March, 2005 13:00

<p>SYDNEY, Australia – 22 March, 2005 – Alphawest Services Pty Ltd and CMX Technologies Pty Ltd today announced that a proof of concept (POC) for an Australian-designed, low-cost Internet authentication process has been successfully completed at a Sydney school.</p>
<p>More than 60 mid and high school students of mixed ages from the Carlingford-based American International School (AIS) participated in the proof of concept. Students used a CMX Card as part of the authentication process to gain access to a website specifically designed and hosted by Alphawest.</p>
<p>Based on the patent-pending CMX Authentication Codification process, the proof of concept represents the first public demonstration of a solution utilising this Australian invention. The project directly follows the strategic relationship announced by Alphawest and CMX Technologies.</p>
<p>Using the CMX Authentication Codification process, AIS was able to cost-effectively create an extra layer of online security. By integrating its student membership card with the CMX Card, AIS provided an easy to use security solution that directly linked valid school membership with access to the AIS website. For participating students, CMX provided an additional layer of security as they accessed an Internet based discussion group directly from their standard browser, either from school or home.</p>
<p>Students used their CMX Card to transform their secret Personal Identification Number (PIN) into letters that are typed into the computer keyboard. Importantly, the student’s secret PIN was never disclosed or typed into the computer keyboard.</p>
<p>Only authorised and recognised persons were able access the POC website and discussion group. Benefits included a much safer Internet environment for students with minimal risk of unauthorised infiltration of online groups.</p>
<p>The solution provides a more secure implementation of the widely accepted 'User ID and Password' system.</p>
<p>The CMX solution is also an alternative to two factor authentication solutions that prove too costly or complex to deploy on a large scale. It can easily be integrated into an organisation’s existing processes and technology without requiring additional infrastructure costs.</p>
<p>American International School Principal, Lyn Cheetham, said, “The American International School is pleased to have undertaken this proof of concept with Alphawest and CMX Technologies.</p>
<p>“AIS takes the security of its students very seriously, and with the Internet now a key educational resource for our students, our duty of care towards them drives us to doing our utmost to greater protect them.”</p>
<p>Ms Cheetham concluded, “The AIS considers itself to be a visionary and leading edge school in the adoption of emerging technologies when they contribute to an improved learning environment for our students, hence our commitment to supporting this initiative.”</p>
<p>Mark Towers, Alphawest’s National Manager for Education, said, “Alphawest believes this proof of concept with CMX Technologies is a major step forward in providing a safer Internet environment for school students and young people in general.”</p>
<p>“Being based on a security process originally designed for highly secure Internet environments such as Internet Banking, Alphawest is proud to have applied this new Australian invention to a problem that affects the whole community – the security of young people on the Internet.”</p>
<p>“This proof of concept demonstrates the first step in offering a more secure environment for the young people of Australia – it requires the user to have their identity securely authenticated before they access an application or website.</p>
<p>“Through our strategic relationship with CMX Technologies, Alphawest is actively perusing a number of opportunities to apply the positive outcomes from this proof of concept across education, public and private sector organisations looking to deploy an easy to use, low cost and more secure user authentication solution.”</p>
<p>CMX Technologies Managing Director, Corinne Torres, said, “CMX Technologies is proud to co-operate with Alphawest and AIS in the first public demonstration of our unique authentication codification process.</p>
<p>“Providing a safe environment in which school communities can collaborate is essential as we move forward in the online era, and the CMX authentication process delivers a high level of security ensuring only valid student members can access the site.”</p>
<p>“This proof of concept has demonstrated its value in a school setting, but it also has a significant contribution to make in the commercial world in industries such as government, finance, banking and retail.”</p>
<p>The Australian patent-pending CMX Authentication Codification Process was invented by an Australian, Mr Siamack Yousofi.</p>
<p>About the American International School</p>
<p>The American International School - Sydney, Australia was established in 2000 to provide an international school education for primary and secondary school students.</p>
<p>We deliver an American curriculum with Australian content accredited by the NSW Board of Studies. This allows our students to enter Australian, American and other prestigious universities around the world.</p>
<p>Our small class sizes and highly qualified teachers allow individual attention to be given to every pupil thereby encouraging each to reach their full potential. Our students sit the SAT exam and receive the High School Diploma.</p>
<p>During January 2003, we began classes at the new location in Sydney, NSW. We are looking forward to expanding and developing further at our new home.</p>
<p>“AIS – The Passport to International Success”</p>
<p>About Alphawest</p>
<p>Alphawest Services Pty Ltd is an IT Services business operating across the Australasian region, focusing on three key sectors of the IT Services market: Information Management, Infrastructure Solutions and Business Continuity.</p>
<p>Alphawest excels in aligning IT systems with a company's business goals for the creation of genuine business value and enjoys strong partnerships with leading organisations throughout Australasia.</p>
<p>Alphawest employs over 400 staff in offices located in Albany, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Bunbury and Singapore.</p>
<p>A member of the Alphawest Ltd Group, an Australian publicly listed company.</p>
<p>About CMX Technologies Pty Ltd</p>
<p>CMX Technologies Pty Ltd is an innovative Intellectual Property (IP) licensing company, founded in 2001, on the promise of delivering a simple and cost-effective extra layer of security to enhance institutions' existing end-user authentication processes.</p>
<p>CMX Technologies is a privately owned Australian company which provides a unique and innovative patent-pending Authentication codification process including simple, personalized scrambling solutions through to impregnable rolling code offerings, that enhance existing security measures deployed by institutions during the 'authentication' element of an online transaction.</p>
<p>CMX Technologies Pty Ltd (ABN 54 097 370 940) is located at Level 2, 50 York Street in Sydney, NSW.</p>
<p>Media contact details:</p>
<p>For Alphawest:</p>
<p>Amanda Scott-Kiddie</p>
<p>Account Director</p>
<p>Kinetics Pty Ltd</p>
<p>ph: + 61 2 9976 6611</p>
<p>For CMX Technologies:</p>
<p>Corinne Torres</p>
<p>CMX Technologies Pty Ltd</p>
<p>e: corinne</p>
<p>ph: +61 2 8243 5788</p>

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