Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

6/13/2007
09:30 AM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Authentication Goes USB Route

TriCipher to debut smart drive-based, multi-factor authentication for $2 to $3 per user

Imagine your bank sending you its branded USB smart drive that contains your multi-factor authentication for online banking and could also store data and music. That's just what some banks will do in the next month or so with TriCipher's new ID Tool ToGo, which the authentication company will roll out tomorrow, Dark Reading has learned.

"We deliver this in a portable USB smart drive. It's a very secure multifactor solution," says Seth Knox, director of product marketing. TriCipher also offers it as a Web-based tool that runs in the client browser, he says.

TriCipher built the tool as an alternative to one-time password tokens, biometrics, and smart cards, which require the user to carry a dedicated hardware device. The ID Tool ToGo just pops into a client's USB port, Knox says.

It's not that banks haven't already been giving out security devices. "There just hasn't been much adoption, because it requires you to carry one per bank," Knox says. "This works with a standard USB drive, so they can offer to download it to an existing USB drive. This is a natural giveaway."

Knox, who couldn't disclose which banks will be branding its new product, says the device can handle multifactor authentication for multiple banks, so it's more flexible. And other USB smart-card based authenticators require smart-card drivers on the client, he says, but ID Tool ToGo does not.

It uses PKI technology and does all its digital signing on the drive rather than over the wire. And it doesn't send the "shared secret," so it's less susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, he says.

"If you go to a hotel business center and plug it in and do your authentication, you still have the same strength as with a home computer with a digital certificate," he says. And when you pop it out of the drive, none of the authentication data remains on the system.

If you're worried about malware finding its way onto the device, Knox notes that TriCipher can run security checks on the devices, and because the user's entire credentials are not stored in any one place, an attacker couldn't steal it with malware. The setup goes like this: The user inserts the smart drive and activates the account. Then a Web browser is automatically launched to the provider's Website (such as a bank), and the user enters his username and password. The rest of the authentication process happens in the background.

TriCipher begins officially shipping the product tomorrow. It's priced at $2 to $3 per user for a perpetual license, and it comes with a built-in Firefox browser.

— Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading

  • TriCipher Inc. Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
    More Insights
  • Comments
    Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Attackers Leave Stolen Credentials Searchable on Google
    Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/21/2021
    How to Better Secure Your Microsoft 365 Environment
    Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/25/2021
    Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
    White Papers
    Video
    Cartoon Contest
    Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
    Latest Comment: I can't find the back door.
    Current Issue
    2020: The Year in Security
    Download this Tech Digest for a look at the biggest security stories that - so far - have shaped a very strange and stressful year.
    Flash Poll
    Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprises
    Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprises
    COVID-19 has created a new IT paradigm in the enterprise -- and a new level of cybersecurity risk. This report offers a look at how enterprises are assessing and managing cyber-risk under the new normal.
    Twitter Feed
    Dark Reading - Bug Report
    Bug Report
    Enterprise Vulnerabilities
    From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
    CVE-2021-21275
    PUBLISHED: 2021-01-25
    The MediaWiki "Report" extension has a Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) vulnerability. Before fixed version, there was no protection against CSRF checks on Special:Report, so requests to report a revision could be forged. The problem has been fixed in commit f828dc6 by making use of Medi...
    CVE-2021-21272
    PUBLISHED: 2021-01-25
    ORAS is open source software which enables a way to push OCI Artifacts to OCI Conformant registries. ORAS is both a CLI for initial testing and a Go Module. In ORAS from version 0.4.0 and before version 0.9.0, there is a "zip-slip" vulnerability. The directory support feature allows the ...
    CVE-2021-23901
    PUBLISHED: 2021-01-25
    An XML external entity (XXE) injection vulnerability was discovered in the Nutch DmozParser and is known to affect Nutch versions < 1.18. XML external entity injection (also known as XXE) is a web security vulnerability that allows an attacker to interfere with an application's processing of XML ...
    CVE-2020-17532
    PUBLISHED: 2021-01-25
    When handler-router component is enabled in servicecomb-java-chassis, authenticated user may inject some data and cause arbitrary code execution. The problem happens in versions between 2.0.0 ~ 2.1.3 and fixed in Apache ServiceComb-Java-Chassis 2.1.5
    CVE-2020-12512
    PUBLISHED: 2021-01-22
    Pepperl+Fuchs Comtrol IO-Link Master in Version 1.5.48 and below is prone to an authenticated reflected POST Cross-Site Scripting