SMS harnessed to deliver mobile access to Web apps

RSA Security has announced new software to deliver access codes to mobile devices via short messaging service (SMS).

RSA Security has announced new software to deliver access codes to mobile devices via short messaging service (SMS).

RSA's Mobile authentication software delivers the one-time access codes to users' pagers, mobile phones, PDAs or e-mail accounts at the time of log-in. By entering an ID and personal identification number followed by the access code, users can then access desired Web applications.

The two-way authentication system is meant to provide secure remote access while lowering administration costs and making use of existing mobile devices.

Aimed at the business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets, the software provides Web-based administration from a single point in the network. RSA Mobile is also scalable, handling up to millions of users, an RSA spokesman said.

The software aims to bank on the growth of text messaging. RSA said that while there are currently more than 200 million SMS users in Europe, the US market has yet to experience a serious uptake.

RSA Mobile is based on a subscription plan of between $5 (£3) to $10 (£6) per user, per year, for every 100,000 users, and will be available by the end of September, the company said.

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