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RSA to Turn Cells, PDAs Into Security Tokens

Feb 14, 20062 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

On Tuesday, RSA Security is expected to unveil its new user authentication method that will turn cell phones, handhelds, and other devices that contain RSA’s SecurID algorithm into traditional security tokens, CNET reports.

RSA is currently working with Motorola, a cell phone maker, and SanDisk, a storage consumer memory-device producer, to morph everyday devices into security tokens, CNET reports.  The move is meant to alleviate concerns about security tokens’ difficulty of use, and their high implementation costs.

“We’re making it easier for people to have some form of strong authentication,” Art Coviello, RSA’s CEO, told CNET “The device that you normally carry can now be your token.”

Users can currently connect a PDA or other handheld to a PC when logging into a network, allowing that user to be authenticated via the device.  In cases where a direct connection is not feasible, a token number could be generated by the device and then entered into the system as an additional form of identification, CNET reports.

“Banks could download the software to any device you have and this could be your token to authenticate to the bank,” Coviello told CNET  “We can proliferate the technology more readily for either the consumer or enterprise.”

According to Coviello, Motorola is currently working on a new phone will the SecurID algorithm built in, and the device could be available to the public as early as March.

For CSO’s latest on online banking security, read Second Thoughts on Second Factors.

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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.

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