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RSA, The Security Division of EMC announced the availability of the RSA SecurID Software Token for Android that is engineered to enable an Android powered device to be used as an RSA SecurID authenticator, providing two-factor authentication.
RSA is releasing a new Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Android platform that is designed to allow developers to embed RSA SecurID two-factor authentication into Android applications and gain competitive advantage by offering this extra layer of security.
The SDK is available free for RSA Secured partners.
Tim Prendergast, Network Architect at Ingenuity Systems, Inc, said: “Being able to offer the RSA SecurID tokens to our users on many of the most popular mobile platforms such as Android is a convenient and cost-effective way to deploy strong authentication in our enterprise. Deployment on smart phone platforms is done electronically so it’s simple and fast for our IT organisation to provision, eliminating any lag time if an end-user needs to get a new token. Our employees love it because the tokens are easily accessed on the mobile devices they already own and carry.”
The new RSA SecurID Software Token for Android is engineered to generate a one-time password that changes every 60 seconds, enabling secure access to corporate resources. The solution complements the range of authentication methods offered by RSA, giving customers a choice in authentication methods based on risk, cost and convenience.
The RSA SecurID Software Token for Android is designed for enterprise users whose organisations have implemented the RSA SecurID system. The token can be installed onto Android enabled devices at no cost via a download from Android Market. With minimal help it’s claimed from their IT department, users can enable the application with a unique software token seed, creating an RSA SecurID authenticator.
Mark Diodati, Research Director at Gartner, said: “The smart phone is revolutionising the way consumers and commercial organisations are doing business. The smart phone will become the default strong authenticator for users in the near-term; it means one less device that the user must carry. It’s important that strong authentication methods like one-time password devices are supported on smart phones, and that developers have an easy way to embed this high-quality authentication method into mobile applications.”
The IT firm says that use of RSA SecurID software tokens helps decrease total cost of ownership for organisations as they don’t require any physical shipping, can be revoked and automatically redeployed if an employee leaves the company with their Android enabled device eliminating the need for replacement tokens. Having the software authenticator on business-critical smart phones reduces the number of costly technical support calls for misplaced tokens.
“It’s no secret that mobile computing has exploded recently and we do not expect that trend to slow down at all. This enormous growth and proliferation gives us a strong opportunity to leverage these devices as authenticators and enable new forms of authentication to our customers to establish identity,” said Tom Corn, Chief Strategy Officer, RSA, The Security Division of EMC. “Leveraging mobile devices running on the Android platform to deploy RSA SecurID technology allows customers a seamless delivery of two-factor authentication across cloud or on-premise applications.”
The RSA SecurID software token for the Android mobile platform will be available for free download December 22, 2010 from Android Market