Entrust Datacard Raises the Bar for Zero Factor Authentication

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MINNEAPOLIS—(August 24, 2018)—Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, today announced new, innovative capabilities for the company’s Mobile Smart Credential solution — including Bluetooth functionality which provides automated login and logout support across platforms including Apple MAC, Windows and virtual desktops. With ultra-secure PKI credentials at its core, employee authentication can guard against some of the most advanced cyber threats, without sacrificing the user experience — enabled by the mobile device.

As more employees struggle with the increasing burden of authentication, Entrust Datacard transforms their mobile devices into a secure digital identity, to seamlessly access workstations, networks and applications without the hassle of entering a password and traditional two-factor methods with each session. Bluetooth login support provides users with a password-less, friction-less, high-assurance login experience using proximity-based access to any workstation, as well as access to VPN networks, cloud applications, legacy enterprise applications and even physical door access with their mobile device.

The Mobile Smart Credential solution also ties seamlessly into unified endpoint management platforms, enabling users to utilize the same credentials to authenticate to all mobile apps. This removes burdens for users while maximizing company security controls.

“Mobile technology is impacting every aspect of our lives and is already quickly becoming the key to unlocking the future of authentication,” said Ryan Zlockie, global vice president of authentication solutions for Entrust Datacard. "Mobile devices are an extension of our identity. Like a mobile wallet for payments, Mobile Smart Credential is a virtual employee ID that provides unfettered access to all of the digital and physical places where employees need to do their job. And, by removing friction to the authentication process, organizations are able to streamline operations, increase productivity and provides a better user experience for their employees, which leads to greater overall employee satisfaction.”

The new functionality is the first result of an Entrust Datacard collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which began in December 2017. The innovation represents another step in Entrust Datacard’s quest for zero factor authentication, eliminating frequent user problems including factors, friction and frustration. By leveraging the power of mobile and cloud technologies to address the barriers to deploying PKI and smart cards, Mobile Smart Credential moves beyond mobile push capabilities to deliver a new level of authentication that is more secure, user-friendly and versatile than current solutions.

“As more digital businesses use Apple MAC as an enterprise computing platform and firms seek solutions that operate across platforms, including virtual desktops, VPNs and applications — the need for a high-assurance, zero factor authentication solution like Mobile Smart Credential has never been greater,” said Zlockie.

Entrust Datacard will demonstrate this new authentication functionality at VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas from Aug. 26-30 in booth 2419: https://info.entrustdatacard.com/vmworld2018.

To learn more about Entrust Datacard’s mobile authentication solutions, visit entrustdatacard.com/solutions/mobile-authentication.

About Entrust Datacard Corporation

Consumers, citizens and employees increasingly expect anywhere-anytime experiences — whether they are making purchases, crossing borders, accessing e-gov services or logging onto corporate networks. Entrust Datacard offers the trusted identity and secure transaction technologies that make those experiences reliable and secure. Solutions range from the physical world of financial cards, passports and ID cards to the digital realm of authentication, certificates and secure communications. With more than 2,000 Entrust Datacard colleagues around the world, and a network of strong global partners, the company serves customers in 150 countries worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.entrustdatacard.com.