Strong Security to Access a Mobile Device? It better be easy!

May 26, 2011 by Mike Byrnes     No Comments

easyI read and commented on an interesting blog post by Craig Mathias of NetworkWorld related to stronger authentication to access your mobile device – he suggested possible physical factors such as tokens, smart cards etc communicating through some form of wireless protocol such as bluetooth, RFID or  NFC.  I think his intentions are in the right place but when we see some of the painful side effects  of using a physical device for second factor authentication, (check out this somewhat humorous story related to a CEO on safari published in  ComputerWorld earlier this month) I believe there may be better options. For strong / second factor authentication  to a mobile device, I think biometrics holds a lot of promise.

I know, I know…. I took a different view on biometrics in my blog posting 2 weeks ago but I think the use case and type of biometric approach determines when it can be a good application of technology.


Mike Byrnes


Entrust product manager Mike Byrnes has more than 20 years’ experience in product management and technology marketing with a focus on internet security and business communication systems. Mike drives product marketing for the Entrust IdentityGuard authentication platform with a significant focus on mobile solutions. In addition to mobile, his background covers identity and access management, fraud detection, malware protection, and email encryption solutions. Mike serves as vertical market prime for Entrust financial services segment, working with large banks across the globe to roll out solutions to their consumer- and corporate-banking client base.

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