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RSA unveils SecurID software token for iPhone

22 July 2009  |  2196 views  |  0 Source: RSA

RSA, The Security Division of EMC announced the availability of the RSA SecurID Software Token for iPhone Devices that enables an iPhone to be used as an RSA SecurID authenticator, providing convenient and cost-effective two-factor authentication to enterprise applications and resources.

The RSA SecurID Software Token App is now available on the App Store at no charge. The required RSA SecurID software token seed as well as RSA Authentication Manager - the software that powers the RSA SecurID system - are both available for purchase worldwide.

"We are rolling out the RSA token to those using iPhones at our company and the feedback has been very positive. Our associates always have their iPhones right by their side and prefer not to carry a hardware token," said Rajeev Ravindran, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. "We have been users of software tokens from RSA on other smartphones for years, so the move to support the iPhone was an easy decision. The new token is simple to deploy and easy to use."

The new RSA SecurID Software Token for iPhone is engineered to generate a one-time password that changes every 60 seconds, enabling secure access to enterprise applications and resources. The solution complements the existing range of authentication methods offered by RSA, giving customers a choice in the way they assure identities to a system, resource or information based on risk, cost and convenience. Through a simple download from the App Store, the software token application can be installed easily on the user's iPhone. With one tap the user can enable the App with a unique software token seed provided by their IT organisation, creating a convenient, secure and cost-effective authenticator.

"iPhones are increasingly penetrating the enterprise and are being used as standard business tools. This aligns with consumerisation of IT where companies need to accommodate for these newer devices while maintaining the security of their existing systems," said Scott Crawford, Managing Research Director, Security and Risk Management, Enterprise Management Associates. "This becomes an opportunity to leverage the iPhone for strong authentication while generating a cost-effective asset."

The use of RSA SecurID software tokens can help decrease total cost of ownership for organisations as they do not require any physical shipping, can be revoked and automatically redeployed if an iPhone is lost, eliminating the need for replacement tokens. Additionally, having the software authenticator on a business critical device like the iPhone reduces the number of lost or forgotten tokens, decreasing the number of costly technical support calls.

"We are further demonstrating our commitment to innovation and choice in authentication methods with the availability of the RSA SecurID software token for the iPhone for use within the enterprise," said Tom Corn, Vice President of Product Marketing at RSA. "Since there is no 'one size fits all' security solution, RSA offers a full range of methods to authenticate and store credentials that balance cost, end-user convenience and security."
Availability

The RSA SecurID Software Token App is available at no charge from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at itunes.com/appstore/. The required RSA SecurID software token seed is available for purchase worldwide from RSA and its network of RSA SecurWorld channel partners. The RSA SecurID Software Token for iPhone Devices is designed for enterprise users whose organisations have the RSA SecurID system implemented including its primary software component, RSA Authentication Manager.

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