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Verizon Beefs Up Handset Security

The over-the-air authentication service enables workers to securely access business networks from handsets nearly anywhere in the world.

Verizon Wireless is looking to offer its enterprise customers more security, and it's launching an authentication service to enable mobile workers to securely access corporate networks while on the go.

The carrier introduced the Software Token 1.0 for RSA SecurID for cell phones and smartphones, and this provides a private network authentication without the need for hardware tokens like a key fob. It's a form of two-factor authentication that generally requires a personal identification number, and once users are authenticated they can access virtual private networks, corporate e-mail and intranets, and other network resources.

"Verizon Software Token 1.0 for RSA SecurID transforms Verizon Wireless mobile phones into an essential part of a company's security management," said Mark Bartolomeo, VP of enterprise data marketing, in a statement. "The addition of this application to any Verizon Wireless phone is an example of how technologies are converging and reshaping how and where people work."

The service also will provide IT departments with some over-the-air device management capabilities. A company's security team can immediately update servers to block access to devices that are lost, stolen, or compromised. Additionally, IT departments can authorize employee access in minutes, regardless of where the worker is physically located.

The security feature is a subscription-based service that can be had for $1.99 per month per line. It can be used with handsets that can access Verizon's Media Center and Get It Now service, which includes devices like the Samsung FlipShot and LG's Venus and Voyager.


Most companies are just starting the hard work of mobilizing workforces by bringing the software they use to mobile device. InformationWeek analyzed this issue and determined the best practices, and the report can be downloaded here (registration required).

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