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December 14, 2010

EMC launches RSA SecureID software token for Android devices

One-time password that changes every 60 seconds, enabling secure access to corporate resources

By CBR Staff Writer

RSA, the security division of EMC, has launched RSA SecurID software token for Android that the company says is engineered to enable an Android powered device to be used as an RSA SecurID authenticator, providing two-factor authentication to enterprise applications and resources.

RSA is releasing a new Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Android platform that is designed to enable developers to embed RSA SecurID two-factor authentication directly into Android applications and gain competitive advantage by offering this additional layer of security, the company said.

Mobile applications that directly integrate RSA SecurID technology provide organisations with the assurance that their resources are engineered to be protected from unauthorised access without any usability impact to the end user.

The SDK is available free of charge for all RSA Secured partners, the company said.

The new RSA SecurID Software Token for Android is designed to generate a one-time password that changes every 60 seconds, enabling secure access to corporate resources, and also complements authentication methods offered by RSA, giving users 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.

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With minimal help from their IT department, users can enable the application with a unique software token seed, creating a convenient, secure and cost-effective RSA SecurID authenticator.

The use of RSA SecurID software tokens helps decrease total cost of ownership for organisations as they don’t require any physical shipping, and can be revoked and automatically redeployed if an employee leaves the company with their Android enabled device eliminating the need for replacement tokens.

EMC Security Division RSA chief strategy officer Tom Corn said leveraging mobile devices running on the Android platform to deploy RSA SecurID technology enables users a seamless delivery of two-factor authentication across cloud or on-premise applications.

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