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April 15, 2013

New Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential 2.0 offers New Capabilities

Entrust provides identity-based security solutions for financial institutions, governments and enterprises for over 5,000 organizations in 85 countries around the world. Their security platform provides certificate management, eID initiatives, identity credentials, cloud and mobile security, physical and logical access and SSL. 

The new IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential 2.0 is designed to address the implementation of mobile devices as part of the business environment. The 2.0 gives businesses identity-assured transaction to mobile devices offering a line of defense against possible attacks. The IdentityGuard offers protection against malware-based fraud attacks by giving users the ability to authenticate cloud, enterprise or Web transactions through a mobile channel. Users can approve and confirm the details of the actions they are about to perform in real time on their phone because transactions are out-of-band to the mobile channel.

This secure platform gives organizations a tool for making business processes more efficient by eliminating the need for paper-based, in-person and desktop-bound digital signatures. Documents that require legally binding digital signatures and approval from different personnel of the organization can be signed using a smartphone or tablet. This speeds up the process from what generally would take hours or days to real-time.

"Today's financial institutions, enterprises, and governments need to be ready to address the exponential growth of mobile device adoption and begin better leveraging this new technology to address day-to-day business needs. We know mobile architecture is significantly more secure than traditional PCs, making it an ideal avenue for convenient, secure digital signing of legally-binding documents and approving of critical transactions," said Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner.

The over-the-air encoding Entrust uses gets rid of applications like Java, Flash and desktop OS device drivers which have been the gateway for malware designed to compromise systems and steal data. The IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential 2.0 SDK also gives users the option of embedding these security features when they are developing mobile applications. This removes passwords and Q&A verification systems for the end user speeding up the functionality of mobile applications while still offering reliable security.

Entrust meets National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards and has received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 and 140 Certification. The FIPS standard gives organizations assurances that Entrust meets U.S. government security standards.

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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