February 13, 2006 9:01 PM PST

RSA turns everyday gadgets into security tokens

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RSA Security is expected on Tuesday to announce a new user authentication method designed to replace traditional security tokens with cell phones, PDAs and other devices loaded with RSA's SecurID algorithm.

Using the new method, RSA, working with partners including cell phone maker Motorola and storage consumer memory-device maker SanDisk, seeks to turn a variety of everyday devices into security tokens. The new approach is designed to address concerns about the ease of use and implementation costs of current authentication methods.

"We're making it easier for people to have some form of strong authentication," said Art Coviello, RSA chief executive. "The device that you normally carry can now be your token."

When logging on to a network, employees can type in their user name and connect a device such as a PDA directly to the PC, allowing it to read off the device to authenticate the user. If a direct connection isn't possible, users may also have their device generate a token number that can be entered into the computer as a second form of identification.

"Banks could download the software to any device you have and this could be your token to authenticate to the bank," Coviello said. "We can proliferate the technology more readily for either the consumer or enterprise."

RSA, which is just starting to make its algorithm available to partners, is working to get device and software makers to use SecurID. Motorola has begun development and may have a new phone with SecurID as early as March, Coviello said.

Research In Motion, maker of the popular BlackBerry mobile e-mail device, lets its users download the SecurID software from its site and onto their devices. But RIM is considering preloading it onto the devices, Coviello said.

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Why can't devices just know? Why do I have to do anything?
I don't have to log onto HBO. It's still too cumbersome for comsumers.
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A vast difference
Does your cable or satellite box have access to your checking account? Or your credit card info?

Or, in the normal usage for these items, does your cable/sat box allow you to access confidential data on your employer's corporate network?

Unlike your cable/sat box where only very minimal damage can be caused by someone using it who isn't authorized to do so (watching a bunch of PPV movies) someone who had easy access to your employer's corporate network or your bank account information could cause thousands, if not millions, in damages.
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Why can't devices just know? Why do I have to do anything?
I don't have to log onto HBO. It's still too cumbersome for comsumers.
Posted by ordaj (338 comments )
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A vast difference
Does your cable or satellite box have access to your checking account? Or your credit card info?

Or, in the normal usage for these items, does your cable/sat box allow you to access confidential data on your employer's corporate network?

Unlike your cable/sat box where only very minimal damage can be caused by someone using it who isn't authorized to do so (watching a bunch of PPV movies) someone who had easy access to your employer's corporate network or your bank account information could cause thousands, if not millions, in damages.
Posted by ebrandel (102 comments )
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RSA is the early leader before the 2006 security shakeout
RSA is the early leader before the 2006 security shakeout

RSA is touted as the be all and end all of US online security companies and its product line is impressive I might say in advance.

RSA bought Cyota that failed to bring to market the single use credit card number that was patented by inventor, Mr. Jeffrey Ice.

RSA does not have within its impressive IP armory all or even some of the best solutions to security in the marketplace.

This year 2006 will decide whom is whom in this security marketplace.
Posted by Iohagh (54 comments )
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RSA is the early leader before the 2006 security shakeout
RSA is the early leader before the 2006 security shakeout

RSA is touted as the be all and end all of US online security companies and its product line is impressive I might say in advance.

RSA bought Cyota that failed to bring to market the single use credit card number that was patented by inventor, Mr. Jeffrey Ice.

RSA does not have within its impressive IP armory all or even some of the best solutions to security in the marketplace.

This year 2006 will decide whom is whom in this security marketplace.
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