The service will deliver a flexible security solution that helps operators and content / application providers address the need for multi-device, multi-service authentication. As smart phones and tablets continue to proliferate among business users and consumers, user identities become associated with multiple devices. As a result, carriers, corporations and governments need to streamline security and usability for their customers, employees and constituents across devices and services with a seamless and strong authentication system for both users and devices.
"Mobility increases the complexity of security and how to control access and use of services and applications," said Shigeru Okuya, Vice President and Senior General Manager, Carrier Services Operations Unit of NEC Corporation. "When we set out to deliver a cloud service for our customers that made security transparent and easy for their end-users, we chose CA Technologies. The company protects more than 150 million identities with its authentication technology and does it with combined convenience and security - something demanded by customers and end-users."
By integrating the CA ArcotID' secure software credential with NEC's NC7000-3A ID utilization infrastructure software, as well as the NEC Mobile Security, security countermeasure solution, the new cloud service offers authentication through identity links among multiple NEC websites. CA ArcotID provides protection for digital identities by delivering two-factor authentication with the simplicity and cost efficiency of a software solution versus, for example, a hardware token or smart card. Its addition enables integrated authentication services that provide a combination of user convenience and powerful security.
This service will help maintain ease-of-access for customers using smart phones and mobile tablets providing the same level of security as feature phones, while also making it easier to build services utilizing multi-device authentication and multiple service identities.
"We are excited to be working with NEC to solve this growing security challenge in the market," said Ram Varadarajan, general manager for CA Arcot Security solutions, CA Technologies. "With a proven track record in providing advanced authentication solutions delivered on premise and as a cloud service, CA Technologies solutions are designed with mobility in mind. We offer several differentiated authentication options for mobile applications and devices including one-time-password and PKI based solutions."
The new service will be made available beginning in March 2012 and will be offered in 30 countries around the world.
NEC expects that the primarily customers for this service will include telecommunications operators and providers of related content and services for whom smart phone security enhancement is an important issue.
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.
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