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CHERRY Introduces SECURE BOARD 1.0: Security keyboard

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Auerbach, November 27, 2019 - CHERRY, the specialist in computer input peripherals, announces the SECURE BOARD 1.0 with keystroke encryption. The keyboard also features an integrated reader for smartcards and RF/NFC-compatible cards or tags.

Integrated card reader with high support for security standards

Integrated in SECURE BOARD 1.0 is a terminal for PC/SC smart cards and cards or tags with a RF/NFC interface. The Class 2 reader enables reading and writing of ISO 7816 and ISO 14443 A/B compliant cards. They numeric keypad allows for secure, alphanumeric PIN entry.

Secure Mode thanks to authentication and encryption

Secure Mode provides extra security: the authenticity of the keyboard is verified with a certificate and keystrokes are encrypted. This makes it impossible for hardware keyloggers to access sensitive data and passwords. By blocking the standard keyboard channel "Bad USB" attacks are prevented: USB devices that are recognized by the operating system as keyboards can no longer inject unauthorized code. Secure Mode is particularly useful with thin clients running Linux, which supports this functionality. A solution for Windows is currently under development.

Space-saving and ergonomic terminal-keyboard solution

Combining a reliable office keyboard with a secure card reader eliminates the need for an additional terminal and requires less desk space. Additionally, both the card and the terminal remain in view at all times. The SECURE BOARD 1.0 offers key caps with abrasion-resistant laser inscription, which can withstand years of tough office use without signs of wear.

The keyboard features a flat, ergonomic design according to the German BGI-650 design guidelines for workstations while the "Blue Angel" certification guarantees that this keyboard is an environmentally friendly and sustainable product. The SECURE BOARD 1.0 is also compliant with all FIPS-201 requirements.

The SECURE BOARD 1.0 is available at a recommended retail price of €69.99 / £64.99.

About CHERRY

CHERRY, headquartered in Auerbach/OPf., Germany, is a leading global manufacturer of computer input devices with a focus on Office, Gaming, Industry, Security and switches for mechanical keyboards. CHERRY employs approximately 400 people in production plants and corporate branches in Germany, France, UK, China, (Mainland, Hongkong, Taiwan) and the USA. Founded in 1953, CHERRY stands for German quality products that are designed and developed specifically for the needs of its customers. In 2019, the company opens a new headquarters in Auerbach, reflecting the new image of CHERRY as the workplace of the future, with an emphasis on the concept of New Work. CHERRY brings high quality, passion as well as design in working environments and thus addresses end-customers and companies alike who have high demands on performance, service life and functionality.