Friday, 18 February 2011

Breakthrough in Secure Mobile Device Access Using a Universal Corporate Identity

idOnDemand introduces the world's first "clientless" One-Time Password (OTP) mobility solution using a contactless smart identity card. The idOnDemand SmartID mobile technology revolutionises corporate VPN and information access from mobile devices. Using its patent pending technology, users simply touch their idOnDemand Personal Identity Verification (PIV) compatible corporate ID to facilitate a highly secure login from their tablet computer, smart phone or hand-held mobile phone.

With this groundbreaking extension to idOnDemand's managed identity service, customers can use one identity card for building access, computer access, cloud security and now compatible mobile devices. This solution replaces the need to carry expiring hardware OTP tokens with hard to read LCD screens or install and manage soft token clients on personal and corporate mobile devices.

"With the increase in workforce mobility, organisations are being caught off guard by the use of personal tablet computers and smart phones within the corporate environment. Personal devices are being used to store or interact with sensitive systems and data, often only protected by a username or password," said Jason Hart, Chief Executive Officer at idOnDemand. "We are at the forefront of innovation by bringing to market a solution that securely authenticates to corporate or cloud resources without the need for a client or custom application to be installed on personal mobile devices. By simply touching your corporate identity card on your device and entering your pin you can gain secure access to resources from any compatible mobile device."

The idOnDemand SmartID mobile functionality is unique because all personal information related to the individual, and the logic that drives the behaviour, is on the PIV compatible smart card and not the mobile device. Organisations no longer have to provision and manage mobile software clients in the traditional sense because there is no software to install. All of the management is done through policy and secure issuance of the corporate credential, enabling enterprises to embrace a single secure identity no matter how their people access corporate information.

The Cost of UK Cyber Crime Hits 27 Billion-pounds

The overall cost to the UK economy from cyber crime is 27billion-pounds per year, according to the first joint Government and industry report into the extent and cost of cyber crime across the UK, launched by the Office of Cyber Security & Information Assurance in the Cabinet Office and information intelligence experts Detica.

With society now almost entirely dependent on cyber space, developing effective strategies to tackle cyber crime requires a better understanding of its impact. Its breadth and scale have been notoriously difficult to understand and past attempts to set cyber crime policy or develop strategies have been hampered by a real lack of insight into the problem.

"The Cost of Cyber Crime" report reveals that whilst government and the citizen are affected by rising levels of cyber crime, at an estimated 2.2billion-pounds and 3.1billion-pounds cost respectively, business bears the lion's share of the cost. The report indicates that, at a total estimated cost of 21billion-pounds, over three-quarters of the economic impact of cyber crime in the UK is felt by business. In all probability, and in line with worst-case scenarios, the real impact of cyber crime is likely to be much greater.

Infineon has its New Supervisory Board Chairman

The Annual General Meeting of Infineon Technologies AG unanimously appointed Wolfgang Mayrhuber as the new Supervisory Board Chairman.

Wolfgang Mayrhuber is a mechanical engineer by training, and was CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG from June 2003 till 2010. He has a strong international network and many years of experience in complex technical business areas.

The former Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Prof. Dr. Klaus Wucherer resigned from the Board after the 2011 Annual General Meeting, as announced at his appointment last year.

The GSMA Reports Record Attendance at Mobile World Congress 2011

The GSMA reports that more than 60,000 visitors from 200 countries attended the 2011 GSMA Mobile World Congress, marking a record for the mobile industry's premier event.

"The record attendance to this year's Mobile World Congress is indicative of the impact and importance of mobile in not only technology and telecommunications, but across nearly all facets of the private and public sectors," stated John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. "Mobile truly is leading a transformation in how the world communicates, how business is conducted and how people live their lives. We are very proud of the contribution that the GSMA and the Mobile World Congress have in furthering this transformation."

The 2011 Congress hosted nearly 1,400 exhibiting companies and occupied more than 58,600 net square metres of exhibition and business meeting space. More than 2,900 international print, Web and broadcast media attended the event to analyse and report on the many significant industry announcements made at the Congress.

During the event, industry leading CEOs discussed and debated the trends and issues which are shaping the mobile industry today and into the future. In addition to the keynote programme, the Mobile World Congress conference covered a range of topics, such as applications, mobile advertising, mobile money, mobile health, embedded mobile, cloud computing, network capacity and next-generation network technologies, among many others.

The GSMA's Ministerial Programme also boasted record attendance, with government delegations from 131 countries meeting in Barcelona, an increase of 50% over 2010. "

Dates for the 2012 Mobile World Congress are 27 February - 1 March, 2012.

Federal PKI Policy Authority Certifies Symantec as First PIV-Interoperable Smartcard Provider

The Federal PKI Policy Authority (FPKIPA) has certified Symantec Corp. as the first vendor authorised to issue Personal Identity Verification-Interoperable (PIV-I) smartcards. By earning FPKIPA certification, Symantec can issue identity credentials on PIV-I smartcards to government contractors, state and local governments, first responders and health care providers - effectively any organisation that interoperates or does business with the Federal government, including the Department of Defense (DOD).

PIV-I smartcards are expected to become a key part of the identity ecosystem envisioned in the Obama Administration's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. To issue these strong identification smartcards to first responders alone will require more than 25 million smartcards, according to an estimate by the Department of Homeland Security.

"Symantec is proud to be the first vendor approved by the Federal PKI Policy Authority as a PIV-I smartcard provider," said Nick Piazzola, senior director of Government Authentication Solutions at Symantec. "With the Federal government encouraging government contractors, state and local governments and first responders to adopt PIV-I, the availability of a proven, certified solution from Symantec means these organizations can roll out PIV-I credentialing programs quickly and efficiently."

VASCO Reports Full Year 2010 Revenues of $108 Million

VASCO Data Security International, Inc. reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 3% to $33.0 million from $31.9 million in 2009 and, for the full year 2010, increased 6% to $108.0 million from $101.7 million in 2009. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $6.7 million, or $0.17 per fully diluted share, an increase of $1.8 million, or 38%, from $4.8 million, or $0.13 per fully diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income for the full year 2010 was $10.8 million, or $0.28 per fully diluted share, a decrease of $1.1 million, or 9%, from $11.9 million, or $0.31 per fully diluted share for the full year 2009.

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