NEW YORK July 14, 2011 Verizon 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report
Verizon’s next generation of Enterprise Identity Services will now support popular devices such as smartphones and tablets — including those running on the iOS operating system as well as Android and BlackBerry devices. This process will enable users to more easily gain access to corporate networks using a two-factor authentication – a process where a dynamic code is issued to the end user that is used along with a personal identification number (PIN). In addition, Verizon’s identity services will now enable digital signing capabilities for contracts, wills and other legally binding documents.
Two-Factor Authentication Offers a High Level of Protection for Users
Traditionally, enterprises have used a specially issued single token or key fob to gain network access, a process that requires extensive behind-the-scenes management and deployment of tokens for sometimes tens of thousands of workers, leading to a time-consuming and resource-intensive process. It also generally does not include a built-in backup plan for lost or stolen tokens.
Digital Signing Capabilities Enable Better Business Outcomes
The new version of Enterprise Identity Services also brings digital signing capabilities to its users. Digital signatures are used in numerous industries, most commonly in the medical and legal fields. For instance, with this service, physicians can electronically prescribe controlled substances in accordance with Drug Enforcement Administration requirements. Other enterprise uses of digital signing include signing essential corporate documents, such as W-9 forms.
In conjunction with the new digital signing capabilities, Verizon Enterprise Identity Services also offers enterprise customers a mobile application known as ID Message Center, which allows users to monitor and track their digital signature activity.
Enhanced Identity Services Platform Based on Open Standards
Delivered via the cloud, Verizon Enterprise Identity Services are aimed at helping reduce the costs and complexity traditionally associated with identity rollouts. With this solution, users do not need to purchase additional hardware or software, and if users lose a device, they can easily add a secondary device to retrieve their dynamic code for authentication.
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