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Blackberries to deliver two-factor network security

Antony Savvas

CRYPTOCard has developed a software token for Blackberry mobile e-mail handsets, allowing companies to introduce cheaper two-factor security among their mobile workers.

The software token will enable remote users logging into the corporate network from a PC or laptop via a VPN to use their Blackberry handset to generate the necessary credentials for two-factor authentication.

Two-factor authentication sees an additional password being generated to go with the user’s personal username and password to gain network access.

The solution means that mobile workers will not have to carry around an additional hardware security token from the likes of RSA to generate random one-time passwords to gain remote access with their PC.

CRYPTOCard's system solves the problem of inherently weak static passwords by generating a one-time password for every log-in attempt - making stolen credentials useless to hackers.

"An organisation cannot guarantee system security if each user cannot positively identify themselves to the corporate network, and CRYPTOCard's new token makes it easy for users to use their Blackberry handset to do just that," said Jason Hart, chief executive officer of CRYPTOCard Europe.

 

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