The Silicon Review
Consumers, citizens, and employees increasingly expect anywhere-anytime experiences — whether they are making purchases, crossing borders, accessing e-gov services or logging onto corporate networks.
Entrust Datacard is a privately held company that offers trusted identity and secure transaction technologies that make those experiences reliable and secure. Solutions range from the physical world of financial cards, passports and ID cards to the digital realm of authentication, certificates and secure communications.
The company’s identity-based security solutions empowers enterprises, consumers, citizens, and websites in more than 5,000 organizations spanning 85 countries. – offering the right balance between affordability, expertise, and service. With more than 125 patents granted and pending, these world-class solutions include strong authentication, physical and logical access, credentialing, mobile security, fraud detection, digital certificates, SSL and PKI.
The company does business everywhere its customers do business – including sales and service representatives in more than 150 countries, and worldwide operations include regions such as Asia Pacific; Japan; Europe, Middle East and Africa; North America; and Latin America.
The company has over 2,200 employees in 34 worldwide office locations and an extensive partner network. Founded in 1969, Entrust Datacard is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Combining decades of experience to provide trusted identities and secure transactions under one brand
In 2014, a vision for a new era for the company emerged as Datacard Group acquired Entrust, and became Entrust Datacard. The combining of expertise from both organizations was highly recognized by industry experts, who called the company a “visionary” in the market. The leadership team has worked diligently to unite the two companies, which included a new corporate rebranding from Datacard Group and Entrust to Entrust Datacard, which officially united the two product portfolios, cultures and visions.
The acquisition of Entrust allowed Datacard Group to meet the increased digital security demands of its customers. Today, the legacy Entrust product portfolio continues to provide a software authentication platform that manages today’s most secure identity credentials, helping to solve customers’ digital security challenges in cloud and mobile security, physical and logical access, citizen eID initiatives, certificate management and SSL.
Entrust Datacard now applies its expertise in three key segments – consumer, citizen and enterprise. While the company doesn’t generally sell directly to consumers, citizens or employees, they are the ones who use Entrust Datacard technologies every day.
Today, Entrust Datacard enables its customers to issue over 10 million physical identities daily, handle over 400 billion online transactions per year, and manage billions of electronic identities, including the majority of payment cards and identification solutions. The company has made more than $1B in investments over the past decade with plans to invest at record levels over the next five years, using its insights and expertise to concentrate efforts in payments, identity, and credentialing.
Entrust Datacard recently announced the availability of the Entrust Datacard Authentication Cloud Service solution. The new offering expands on the company’s robust portfolio of identity-based security solutions and allows for enterprise-grade authentication with the ease of a true SaaS platform.
The Entrust Datacard Authentication Cloud Service is a highly scalable, always on, multi-tenant Authentication SaaS offering that provides customers with enterprise-grade authentication. It includes Entrust® IdentityGuard ™, an on-prem authentication solution, and Entrust IdentityGuard Virtual Appliance, an easy-to-deploy authentication with the power of an on-prem solution. The Entrust Datacard ™ Authentication Cloud Service can be configured quickly to protect on premise and in-cloud assets, services and applications using the widest range of available physical, digital and mobile authenticators, and best-in-class adaptive authentication and step-up security policies.
Around the same time, the company also released a Color Label Printing Module for the Datacard® MX8100™, MX6100™ Card Issuance Systems and the Datacard® DX5100™ Card Delivery System.
The all-in-one label printing and affixing module, powered by Memjet inkjet technology, prints full-color, edge-to-edge, high resolution – 800 dpi – images, text and graphics on blank white label stock and affixes customized labels to cards inline.
With this module, marketing professionals can create individualized labels for each card personalized on the card issuance system or affixed to a carrier on the card delivery system.
A driving force in helping protect life’s most important credentials
Today, what Entrust Datacard does matters – it matters to the everyday consumer who needs to secure payment information; it matters to the citizen traveling across borders and wants to ensure secure boarder entry; and it matters to the employee who may need to log into a network for work and ensure that company information or their ID’s are not stolen. The company has evolved to become a driving force in helping all of us protect life’s most important credentials.
Entrust Datacard recently introduced the Color Label Printing Module for the Datacard® MX8100™, MX6100™ Card Issuance Systems and the Datacard® DX5100™ Card Delivery System. It also introduced the Entrust Datacard Authentication Cloud Service solution.
“Our new brand and corporate identity is a reflection of this evolution and the changing markets we serve. We understand how the connected world is evolving and we work relentlessly to anticipate trends as we determine how change will affect our customers.”
Meet the Master
Todd Wilkinson, President and Chief Executive Officer: Todd Wilkinson is president and chief executive officer of Entrust Datacard. Under his leadership, Entrust Datacard has expanded its position in the payments and information security markets. In 2014, he ushered in a new era for the company as Datacard Group acquired Entrust and became Entrust Datacard. The combining of expertise from both organizations was noted and recognized by industry analysts including Gartner, which called out the company as a Visionary in its Magic Quadrant.
Mr. Wilkinson first joined the company a decade ago as the chief financial and administrative officer. He has served as president and CEO since 2008. Previously he held executive roles at General Electric after beginning his career at USG Corporation. Mr. Wilkinson holds both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University.