As the worldwide mobile subscriber base is expected to increase from 2.6 billion at year-end 2006 to approximately 4.9 billion by year-end 2012, the mobile phone is increasingly becoming a ubiquitous and cost-effective platform for authentication.
Thalesâ SafeSign mobile authentication pilot allows companies to quickly implement stronger security solutions in response to industry regulation or security breaches. By using the SafeSign pilot package, a strong authentication environment can be set up in under 20 minutes, revolutionising the pilot phase of a project, saving valuable time and enabling companies to react more quickly to changing security requirements.
As companies recognise the security weaknesses inherent in user ID and password log-ins, there is a growing need for two-factor authentication solutions to enhance security. Using a mobile phone for two-factor authentication is particularly attractive as there is no requirement for end users to carry a hardware token and organisations do not have to set up a new token infrastructure. Organisations can leverage the sophisticated support and distribution network that trusted mobile operators have already developed to reliably deliver services and mobile devices to millions of users.
Paul Meadowcroft, head of transaction security for the e-Security activities of Thales, commented, âOur SafeSign solution supports a range of security tokens, but the mobile phone is gaining traction as an authentication device as many of us carry our phones with us all the time. By offering this service in a pilot package, we are enabling our customers to save the time, money and resource that is often ploughed into traditional pilot projects. Such considerations are crucial at a time when many of our customers are under pressure to respond quickly to a constantly evolving security environment. The ability to easily run a proof-of-concept programme before committing to full-scale deployment also provides customers with the confidence that they are investing in a solution which will meet their business and security needs.â
Thalesâ SafeSign mobile authentication pilot package offers three different levels of authentication depending on customersâ needs in terms of exposure to risk and the level of security required. One-off security details can be delivered to the user through an SMS or the handset can be configured to generate a one-time password or, for the strongest level of security, a challenge-response.