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Strong Authentication Available for Palm OS

RSA Security has released a SecurID Token client and libraries for Palm OS devices. This brings RSA's SecurID highly secure two-factor authentication to mobile devices. It is a free client download.

RSA SecurID software tokens support the same algorithms as the industry-leading RSA SecurID hardware authenticators, including the industry-standard AES algorithm. Instead of being stored in an RSA SecurID hardware authenticator, the symmetric key (or "seed record") is safeguarded securely on the user’s desktop, laptop, PDA, handheld, or mobile phone. RSA SecurID symmetric keys may also be stored on smart card and USB devices and used in conjunction with the RSA SecurID software token on the user’s desktop.

RSA Security has also announced extended relationships with Microsoft and Research in Motion, broadening the range of devices able to serve as RSA SecurID authenticators. In addition, RSA Security has invested in technologies to enable the seamless provisioning of the RSA SecurID credentials ‘over the air’ or via desktop synchronization, thr ough a technology licensing arrangement with Diversinet. These efforts represent a critical shift in the strong authentication landscape, as RSA SecurID authentication – the world’s leading one-time password solution – moves beyond self-contained hardware tokens to an unprecedented array of devices, enabling enterprises to quickly and cost-effectively move towards an adaptive authentication approach to dealing with the ever-changing security threats they face.

“As a global company moving to standardize on stronger two factor authentication, Chevron must manage costs, ensure flexibility and provide convenience to our workforce,” said Edmund Yee, IT Strategic Research Manager at Chevron. “By embedding RSA SecurID technology within tools such as mobile devices, trusted computing modules and smart cards, RSA Security is providing us with a more cost-effective method for deploying stronger authentication within these devices to our highly mobile enterprise."

Thanks to Gaurav for the tip.

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This is not new.

OrionNE @ 2/21/2006 9:21:07 PM # Q
RSA has had this availiable for over two years.
RE: This is not new.
Admin @ 2/22/2006 1:32:22 AM # Q
If you haven't heard of it before its new to you now. :)

but yes, this was released some time ago, but we never covered it.

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Afraid

Gekko @ 2/22/2006 8:23:20 AM # Q

I would love this because I hate carrying around that friggin token - BUT my IT Dept. shot it down.



RE: Afraid
Gekko @ 2/22/2006 8:25:01 AM # Q

Is this any less secure than an actual token? Can the libraries be hacked in to via the Palm OS? Why would my IT Dept. be afraid?



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