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One-time password (OTP), PKI-technology and secure USB storage all-in-one

DIGIPASS key 860

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DIGIPASS KEY 860 offers a solution to the growing authentication needs of banks, enterprises and governments. It combines OTP and PKI technology with secure mass USB storage. DIGIPASS KEY 860 is an easy-to-use end-user device which can be used for local and remote access, desktop and application log-on, disk encryption, data, e-mail and transaction signing and secure mobile data storage.

Increased identity and data theft, man-in-the-middle attacks, unauthorized access to confidential data… rising fraud statistics demonstrate the growing need for data security solutions. Security concerns aren't limited to network breaches alone. Bearing in mind that employees often carry sensitive corporate information on portable USB drives, additional security measures should be seriously considered as these data are freely accessible and the USB devices can easily be lost or stolen.

VASCO Data Security has a solid reputation in helping financial institutions in securing transactions online through two-factor authentication. With DIGIPASS KEY 860, VASCO offers an innovative solution combining OTP and PKI-technology with secure USB mass storage.

DIGIPASS Key 860 is a hybrid end-user authentication device offering strong authentication. The use of OTP and PKI-technology are combined on a single device. DIGIPASS KEY 860 also offers secure mass USB storage for mobile data security. DIGIPASS KEY 860 is used in conjunction with DIGIPASS CertiID , VASCO's PKI-based client software suite, and can be integrated within any application supporting PKCS#11, MS CAPI standards and CNG.

DIGIPASS KEY 860 is suited for use in corporate environments and for securing online banking applications:

  • In enterprises it offers a solution for local and remote access to the network and business critical applications, locking of workstations, disk and file encryption, digitally signing e-mails and confidential documents, and mobile data security.
  • In banking DIGIPASS KEY 860 helps to comply with more stringent financial regulations (Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II, HIPAA) and enhanced security requirements. Both OTP and PKI technology can be used for digital signature of transactions and the possibility to store a secured browser on DIGIPASS Key 860 offers new opportunities to banks to effectively combat phishing and man-in-the-middle attacks.



  • Strong password authentication
  • OTP generation
  • PKI functionality (signature, encryption, on board generation of RSA key pair)
  • Hardware based 256 bit AES encryption, on the fly encryption
  • Zero footprint capability
  • File and disk encryption
  • Ultra fast data transfer, high speed USB
  • USB mass storage (available in 2, 4 and 8 Gbyte)
  • CD-ROM upgrade content by VASCO or bank server


PKI functionality DIGIPASS Key 860 combines the security of a smart card with the flexibility of a card reader. Digital certificates from any Certificate Authority (Entrust, Microsoft, VeriSign, IdenTrust,…) can be generated and stored on the device. The generation of private and public keys is managed on the device and the keys cannot be exported from the smart card.

OTP functionality With one push on the button of DIGIPASS KEY 860, an OTP will be generated on the screen of the authenticator. The user will type the OTP into the log-on screen on the PC to access the application. When combining the use of PKI with OTP, customers will need to install VASCO's authentication server technology (VACMAN Controller or IDENTIKEY) to offer event and time-based OTP capability next to PKIfunctionality.

Secure USB Storage and secure CD-ROM content update DIGIPASS KEY 860 has three pre-defined memory partitions which cannot be altered by the user, making them highly secure:

  • a partition with CD-ROM capability for software installation (e.g. secured browser installation)
  • encrypted partition on the fly for secure data storage
  • a non-secure hard disk partition to store accessory, non-confidential information

DIGIPASS KEY 860 comes with a secure CD-ROM update solution enabling customers to update the read-only content of the DIGIPASS KEY CD-ROM drive. Updates can be executed by VASCO or the customer himself through manually or automated downloads.

DIGIPASS CertiID embedded The secure mass storage feature of DIGIPASS Key 860 allows for DIGIPASS CertiID capability to be embedded into the device. By embedding DIGIPASS CertiID, the deployment of DIGIPASS Key 860 requires no software installation on clients. DIGIPASS Key 860 becomes plug and play thus reducing administrative costs. Devices can be managed in user and administration mode: PIN and PUK are initialized on first use either by the end-user or the IT-administrator.

Technical Specifications:

Technical Specifications
Size (LxWxT) 73.5 mm X 23.5 mm X 10.5 mm


Product Identification 10-digit serial number and bar code on the back side
Weight 24 g (including product cap)
Battery 5 years, 7 years life expectancy,
Non replaceable
Logotype With VASCO logo (unless specified otherwise)
LCD Display 8-character
USB 2.0 (high speed, full speed, low speed) Connector type A
Led Orange for activity access

Compliance to Standards
Smart card SIM compliant ISO 7816 3 - 4 class B
Oberthur cosmo v V7.0.x; IAS ECC applet
Java card Open Platform 2.1.1, java card 2.2
Smart card reader architecture PC/SC, CCID Drivers
Public Key Mechanisms 1024-bit and 2048-bit RSA, X509 v3
Public Key Cryptography (PKI) PKCS#11 v2.2, PKCS#1,7,8,10,12,15 Microsoft® CAPI 2.0, S/MIME. Crypto Next generation and key storage provider and minidriver architecture
USB Memory encryption On the fly encryption by dedicated hardware processor, AES-CBC mode, 256 bits , FIPS -197

Smart card :Common criteria EAL4+ and

compliant up Protection profile SSCD
smart card: FIPS 140-2 Level 3
Entrust and Identrust ready: available with
DIGIPASS CertiID 3.2 and under certification
Vista smart card minidriver

Operating system supported Microsoft
7 / Vista /XP
MacOS 10.6.4
Linux (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 Desktop,
Ubuntu 10.04, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11)
Citrix XenDesktop 5
Citrix XenApp 4.0X
Citrix Presentation Server 4.5
Storage temperature -10 °C to 50 °C; 90 %RH non condensing
IEC 60068-2-78 (Damp heat)
IEC 60068-2-1 (Cold)
Operating temperature 0 °C to 45 °C; 85 %RH non condensing
IEC 60068-2-78 (Damp heat)
IEC 60068-2-1 (Cold)
Vibration 10 to 75 Hz; 10 m/s2 IEC 60068-2-6
Drop 1 meter IEC 60068-2-31
Emission EN 55022
Immunity 4 kV contact discharges
8 kV air discharges 3 V/m from 80 to 1000 MHz
EN 61000-4-2 and EN 61000-4-3


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