Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Double Safeguard for Digital Identities
User accounts are increasingly becoming the targets of internet hackers. Once a username and password have been obtained, the combination of these gives cyber thieves access to critical company services such as cloud storage systems, e-mail accounts, and online shop accounts. In order to tackle the problem of identity theft in the digital world, Vodafone Germany and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) have worked together to develop Vodafone Secure Login as a solution specifically for corporate and public sector customers which acts as a second authentication element in addition to a password. The solution is based on a SIM card and incorporates a special security mechanism.
G&D is putting its many years of experience with the development of its secure cards to good use with the "Secure Login" offering based on the Vodafone Secure SIM: During production, the SIM card is given a permanent unique identity. When the product is shipped, this identity can be linked with its subsequent user via various secure procedures. The SIM card can therefore be used as a second component that is a mandatory requirement when logging in to networks or services. In this way, it safeguards internet transactions or confirms access to a network. The simple act of "phishing" for the username and password no longer provides cyber criminals with access to digital identities.
Companies can therefore safeguard access to their networks and even to the web-based services used outside of their firewalls. These include CRM systems, accounting systems, communication systems such as e-mail, or systems for supporting business processes.