Press Release

>Pragma Expands Cisco SSH Support with Smartcard x509 Key Access

Austin, Texas {April 3, 2013} - Pragma Systems, a leading SSH solutions provider announces Pragma SSH Server and Pragma SSH Client are the first commercial products to add Smartcard, DoD CAC and x509 key access to Cisco devices. Pragma's clients and servers now connect to Cisco's IOS SSH/SCP with x509 certificates and public key authentication. This allows network administrators to use their x509 authentication credentials stored in Smartcards or US Department of Defense CAC cards (Common Access Cards) to login to Cisco routers or switches using Pragma's SSH and SCP clients and servers.

"Pragma is an excellent SSH technology provider and its solution works very well with Cisco SSH bundled in our devices." said Chris Lonvick, Director of Research and Advanced Development at Cisco and editor of the SSH RFC internet standard. "Our team has worked closely with Pragma for interoperability with Cisco SSH and we have worked to ensure end to end access for many common customers, including the United States Army."

"This expanded feature request came directly from Cisco's feedback," said David Kulwin, Pragma's chief technology officer. "Key information technology administrators with x509 certificates need to be given remote access to Cisco routers with SSH public key authentication and Pragma SSH clients now provide this functionality."

Pragma SSH & SCP servers and clients were already compatible across a variety of Cisco's routers and switch products running Cisco SSH. The availability of this expanded functionality makes Pragma SSH clients more useful as network administrators can now access Cisco devices using secure public key authentication and x509 keys instead of a simple username and password.

Using Pragma's SSH clients and servers, customers' benefits in Cisco environment include:

  • Login to Cisco devices using Smartcard/DoD CAC/x509 keys instead of password
  • Securely transfer files to Cisco using SCP and x509 or public keys
  • Upload/download Cisco IOS patches securely and faster
  • Store and distribute device configuration for Cisco devices from Windows/Unix servers
  • Automate and script Cisco device management tasks using Pragma SSH and Windows PowerShell

Pragma SSH/SCP/SFTP servers and clients are widely used for remote access and secure file transfer in US Government, federal agencies, Fortune 500 and global 1000 companies. Among Pragma's many key SSH customers are General Dynamics, Microsoft, McKesson, Oracle, Cisco, Exelon, the United States Army and NASA. Pragma's SSH Servers and Clients are FIPS certified (certificate #1500), are listed on the Department of Defense's Unified Capabilities Approved Product List (UC APL) and have successfully passed rigorous Department of Defense testing through the US Army's JITEC group.

About Pragma Systems

Pragma Systems Inc. is a leading provider of enterprise class remote access and secure file transfer software for Microsoft Windows platforms and is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Pragma is an industry leader of Secure Shell (SSH), Telnet, SFTP and SCP technology. The company's end-to-end solutions comprising servers and desktop clients allows data-centers and enterprises to build highly secure infrastructure to access corporate supply chain, CRM, SAPConsole, distribution and warehouse applications over wired or wireless networks. Pragma's software is deployed in the majority of Fortune 500 companies in the USA and over 4400 companies worldwide with millions of licensed nodes. Visit


Contact: Edith H. Myers
Pragma Systems, Inc.


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