Privaris will reportedly participate in the RSA SecurID Ready for Authenticators Partner Program - an extension of the trusted RSA Secured Partner Program.
By embedding the RSA SecurID one-time password algorithm within the devices, Privaris plans to have certified interoperability between its plusID family of personal, handheld biometric identity verification devices and RSA SecurID technology.
Three unique authentication factors will result from this collaboration: - something you have - a plusID token, something you know - a one-time password generated by the RSA SecurID algorithm, and something you are - your fingerprint.
The plusID personal biometric token can be easily incorporated into existing RSA SecurID deployments, for all or a subset of employees requiring heightened security.
An already rich set of plusID communication protocols will now have additional RSA SecurID enabled authentication capabilities. These protocols allow plusID to be used with organizations’ existing physical and logical (IT) security infrastructure.
The plusID device can be easily integrated and deployed across the enterprise because of its compatibility with RFID technology from HID, Indala and Kantech, Bluetooth
wireless technology, USB and a smart card compliant interface.
“This strategic partnership helps fill a need in the $140 billion physical security industry which is ripe for multi-use authentication devices,” said Steve Hunt, analyst and founder of 4A International in a press release
He continued: “The integration of plusID from Privaris with RSA SecurID technology means that network security can be more easily incorporated with corporate physical security systems and card readers.”
Employees can now carry a single trusted token that verifies their identity for secure access at multiple doorways and vehicle gates, as well as to computers, networks, websites, software, VPNs, encrypted files, and online applications without changes to their legacy systems.
Employing the BCM5890 secure processor from Broadcom (News
), an RSA SecurID Ready for Authenticators partner the plusID perform trusted cryptographic operations and provide a high level of security for user’s sensitive biometric information.
Dennis Hoffman, vice president & general manager, Enterprise Solutions at RSA believes their strategic partnership with Privaris helps to accelerate RSA's initiative to enable confident, secure access to information - whether by customers, partners or employees.
“This technology partnership also enables RSA to offer greatly expanded deployment options and cost-savings opportunities to accelerate business objectives as enterprises and consumers can leverage a single device to support additional security capabilities,” said
Following the successful completion of technical interoperability with RSA SecurID technology, each successful fingerprint authentication on a plusID personal token will trigger the release of an RSA SecurID generated one-time password (OTP). This will ensure that only the token’s authorized user will be granted access to IT resources.
Using USB or a Bluetooth wireless connection, the RSA SecurID generated OTP will be automatically transmitted to the host computer. The RSA SecurID OTP would display on the plusID device for manual entry by the user for use on public PCs or kiosks, where no direct connection is available.
According to John Petze, CEO of Privaris, RSA and Privaris are working to make it simple for organizations to benefit from the efficiencies of an integrated security solution and offer the convenience of a single, universal security credential to its employees.
“Our collaboration with RSA complements Privaris' mission to work with existing security infrastructures to make the implementation of biometrics simple, cost-effective and therefore pervasive. It will soon be exceedingly easy for businesses to arm their employees with greater security simply by leveraging their existing RSA SecurID infrastructure,” he concluded.
Privaris Inc. is a privately-held Delaware corporation with its headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering call centers, CRM and information technology.