Entrust Brings Together Physical, Logical and Mobile Authentication in One Software Platform With Updated Entrust IdentityGuard

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Entrust, Inc., a world leader in securing digital identities and information, today announces the release of Entrust IdentityGuard 10.0, which brings together security solutions for three distinct, yet closely knit worlds – physical, logical and mobile access. This latest update to Entrust’s award-winning authentication platform offers users a single platform that delivers the broadest range of authenticators on the market, provides secure access through today’s leading mobile platforms for business and simplifies the issuance and management of smartcards by integrating card and certificate management.

“With the rising number of targeted attacks on corporations, as well as exponential growth in mobile devices, corporate security requirements are at an all time high. As we looked at our customers’ needs, we saw that it made sense to bring our powerful software authentication platform together for physical, logical and mobile access making a more comprehensive authentication solution,” said Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner. “With just one software platform, Entrust can now offer corporations access to an array of authenticators which can be adjusted based on current need and risk, a user-friendly method to manage both physical and logical security and addresses the growing role mobile devices play in today’s business environments. We are confident that Entrust IdentityGuard 10.0 is the premier solution to address not only the security needs of today, but also the security needs of tomorrow.”

Through its single versatile platform, Entrust IdentityGuard 10.0 enables organizations to easily manage and deploy a comprehensive range of unique authenticators simultaneously which can be issued based on specific requirements, associated risk and cost. The platform leverages a single administrative interface which allows organizations to manage and adjust security for a wide range of user groups, ranging from millions of consumers to a select group of senior executives. This flexibility enables organizations to adjust security in real-time to meet the quickly changing threat landscapes or future regulatory requirements.

By offering Smart Credentials under Entrust IdentityGuard 10.0, organizations can also simplify the issuance and management of Smart Cards to better integrate and secure physical and logical security. Entrust On Premises or Managed Services PKI is integrated onto the single platform Entrust IdentityGuard 10.0, offering users the ability to seamlessly issue and manage Smart Cards. Organizations do not have to immediately implement both physical and logical access solutions; through the platform, users have the flexibility to address their logical and physical access requirements in a staged deployment to maintain business continuity. The platform’s extensibility further enables organizations to add functionality to the system, as new security innovations are made available.

“As the technology landscape continues to evolve, authentication platforms need to be designed with the future in mind. A platform that doesn’t take into account future shifts such as biometric standards or easy integration of smartcards could leave an organization paralyzed with outdated capabilities,” stated a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Entrust.(1)

As the only authentication platform that fully enables today’s leading mobile platforms for business, Entrust IdentityGuard 10.0 enables the rapidly growing number of mobile devices that connect to corporate networks. Entrust IdentityGuard 10.0 now enables certificate-based enrollment and authentication for mobile devices. Using the platform, users can easily register their mobile device through the Entrust IdentityGuard Self Service Module and have a digital ID downloaded directly onto their device.

“While the malware threat against smartphones will grow, we do not believe the same approach used to secure PCs in the past will be effective, let alone efficient, against smartphone threats. Enterprises need to be more flexible, focusing on security approaches to enable secure use of a wider range of devices. All this adds up to the need for new approaches to develop security processes and controls as smartphone use grows,” said John Pescatore and John Girard, both VPs and distinguished analysts with Gartner. (2)

This builds on existing mobile capabilities including providing users with independent activation and control to manage security for multiple identities based on one device. It also helps organizations fight the persistent advance of fraud techniques through out-of-band authentication capabilities enhanced with the inclusion of one-time-passcode (OTP) SMS soft tokens.

Financial organizations can also leverage the recently announced Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) for today’s popular mobile platforms, including Apple, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry and Java. The easy-to-use security toolkit allows banks to transparently embed Entrust’s strong authentication technology into their organization’s new or existing mobile-banking application. By using the Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile SDK, banks can offer customers a secure banking application that clearly carries the banks brand and does not present significant usability hurdles.

Want to know more about Entrust IdentityGuard 10.0? Visit www.entrust.com for detailed capabilities, features and supported platforms.

(1) “2FA And Mobile Devices: Providing More Flexible Protection To Corporate Data Assets In Corporate Applications,” a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Entrust, May 2011

(2) “Critical Security Questions to Ask Before Supporting a New Smartphone Platform,” John Pescatore, Gartner, Inc., Oct. 27, 2010.

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