Mobile Smart Credentials — Multipurpose Digital Identities for improved Security AND User Convenience
Who doesn’t like their smartphone? It helps keep us connected to others in real-time; it helps us be more responsive, productive and informed; it provides entertainment and allows us to capture the moment with photos and videos and so much more.
Truly, mobile has become an extension of us. Smartphones are becoming so helpful, convenient and essential that we rarely go anywhere without them and, in many cases, they become an attribute and reflection of our identity.
While it is a security solution targeted at the enterprise, it represents far more than yet another way to authenticate users. This is a quantum step forward and will become the de facto method for assuring user identities — for both the enterprise and eventually consumer user — for the next decade.
It’s a true transformation for identities. It squarely addresses both the need for strong identity-based security and it genuinely makes life easier for the user. No more usernames and passwords to enter every time you log on; no more password changes every 90 days; no more need to carry around hardware tokens, smartcards or building access cards.
With this mobile smart credential technology, users have everything they need to access buildings, doors, computers, networks, applications and cloud services — all from a device that they already have in hand and rely on in life.
The Mobile Smart Credential also makes it easier to digitally sign information, whether it’s emails, documents, contracts and even prescriptions. That is, assuming you’re a doctor.
Believe me, the Mobile Smart Credential is very cool. But what makes it such a powerful tool is that it’s an integral element of a comprehensive software authentication platform that has been architected and engineered over the past 8 years to offer users and IT folks the flexibility, security, feature completeness and robustness expected in an enterprise-grade solution.