Giesecke & Devrient and Vodafone Turn SIM Card into Security Platform for Digital Identification

4 March 2011

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and Vodafone are showcasing pilot projects for future mobile security applications at CeBIT 2011. The SIM card will be the key to applications in which it serves as the security element for authentication and encryption, such as gaining mobile wireless access to company networks. This adds more simplicity and convenience to the use of mobile authentication and encryption solutions.

One application that the two companies are presenting in Vodafone’s Pavilion 32 at this year’s CeBIT involves SIM card-based authentication for access to a company network. The key is securely stored behind the SIM card’s cryptoprocessor and is used to establish a secure connection via a VPN.

The developed concept is also suitable for numerous other applications. For instance, the SIM card can be used to encrypt all the voice and e-mail traffic on a smartphone. What’s more, in tandem with near field communication it will enable cell phones to provide a secure connection to payment and entry-access systems.

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