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nicolas_popp | 23 Feb 2010 | 1 comment

Today, we are launching the VeriSign Trust Seal, a new service for small and medium businesses with an online presence. It is a big day for everyone at VeriSign who has been working really hard on the new service the last 15 months. It is always a thrill to release a new product. It is even more exciting when there is a compelling and long term vision behind the initial release of a new Internet service.

SEAL.JPGSetting the standard for websites trust
The goal behind this new trust service is as simple as it is lofty. Is it possible to create a blueprint for trust on the Internet? Can we increase safety and trust on the web by raising the bar of security best-practices? Can we communicate trust in such simple visual way that any consumer would understand? Can we promote trust between...

nicolas_popp | 16 Feb 2010 | 1 comment

As the world already knows, Google and a few other prominent US companies got severely hacked around Christmas time last year. Sophos has an interesting analysis of the exploit. Web malware and a zero day vulnerability in IE6 were essential to the exploit.

For security folks, this was a meaningful event. The level of sophistication of the attacker was unprecedented. The attack was carefully crafted. The breach was severe. For tomorrow's cyber historians, however, the breach may prove to be a tipping point. In fact, it may even change the way the world approaches cyber security and cyber warfare. So, what makes the Google hack such a game-changer? Could it be the magnitude of the attack, the significance of the targets or even the...

vipmobile | 29 Jan 2010 | 0 comments

Han Dong, Senior Product Marketing Manager, User Authentication

One great thing about blogging for a company like VeriSign, which happens to have so many cool tools in its bag, is that it's so easy to find several blogs on the net that mention you. And in this case I'm referring to a Wall Street Journal blog: "Under Surveillance: Big Brother Stocks", by James Altucher. atm.jpg In this blog, Altucher talks about all of the various measures (and money spent - to the tune of $200 billion in the U.S.) taken to automate the monitoring and protection of your banking transactions, checking in at the airport, and even your simple ATM cash withdrawal.

nicolas_popp | 15 Jan 2010 | 0 comments

As one of the world's leading security vendors, VeriSign has been asked to discuss the top 10 most important security areas for 2010. So, ahead of my new year's resolution, I decided to indulge (after a year working heads down on a single product, it is a fun exercise to think of all the things that you have been missing out on). Although the list is far from complete, it is clear to me that there is no recession for the bad guys. In fact, it has probably never been a more interesting time to be in the security business.

Security Prediction #1:
Cloud Security (Securing the Next IT Infrastructure)

Call it cloudmania or software as a service (SaaS) hype, data, applications, or networks: The whole IT infrastructure is shifting to the cloud. With it, a large chunk of today's IT budgets will be redistributed to the next Google of the cloud. In 2010, SaaS security will be in the forefront as chief information officers ponder their increasing...

vipmobile | 12 Jan 2010 | 0 comments

Han Dong, Senior Product Marketing Manager, User Authentication

It's a good thing that people much smarter than me are thinking about the future of the internet, cloud computing, and ensuring I'm properly indoctrinated on the right social networking sites du jour. More importantly, these same smart people are constantly thinking about really critical things, like 'standards', 'interoperability', and 'security'. Guys like Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web and HTML, Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of DNS, and Vinton Cerf, the father of the internet and co-designer of TCP/IP, are constantly analyzing what's happening today and thinking about what's coming in the future. These people are part of the founding fathers of the web, the internet, and how all the...

vipmobile | 15 Dec 2009 | 0 comments

Han Dong, Senior Product Marketing Manager, User Authentication

Some thoughts on a couple of recent articles, one from Gartner Research: Where Strong Authentication Fails and What You Can Do About It, by Avivah Litan and a similar article by Jaikumar Vijayan in Computerworld, which also references Ms. Litan's article.

The basic idea presented in these two articles is that "one-time passwords...are no longer enough to protect online banking transactions against fraud." These one-time password (OTP) token-based two-factor authentication methods may be compromised by man-in-the-browser malware that overwrites the user transactions to steal their assets. So the...

vipmobile | 03 Dec 2009 | 0 comments

Han Dong, Senior Product Marketing Manager, User Authentication

I just read an article in CNET, by Jonathan Eunice, Character limitations in passwords considered harmful. And immediately after reading the story I thought to myself, Jonathan (may I call you Jonathan), we have the answer to your troubles. It's called VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) Authentication Service and it's precisely what you need to address your goal to have strong authentication for your "4,000 web services."

Jonathan's article described the issue of how various websites will frequently restrict your ability to create 'stronger' passwords that use symbols (i.e. !@#$%^&), and thus relegate the user to simple (and easy to steal) phrase or nickname...

vipmobile | 01 Dec 2009 | 0 comments

Han Dong, 'Blogger of Light'

Did you catch it on the tube last night?
Did you see the VeriSign Identity Protection Access for Mobile credential in action?

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In case you missed it, check out the link on YouTube (0:21)

As for how this relates to you, me and your everyday secret agent, I think this fun video demonstrates the need for leveraging One-Time Passwords for strong authentication of your mobile applications. Yes, we have an "app" for that.

Kudos to our esteemed Product Manager, Erica Huang, and her efforts to have VeriSign included in the AT&T commercial.

nicolas_popp | 26 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

Concerns for the security of application run in the cloud are running high. The perceived lack of security of cloud platforms is often cited as the primary obstacle to adoption. Whether "cloud" is defined as infrastructure as a service (storage and compute services ala Amazon), platform as a service (application deployment environment ala Google App Engine), or simply as application outsourcing (SAAS ala SuccessFactor), almost everyone is lamenting at the security inadequacies of these new computing platforms.

This raises the question whether cloud providers should envision becoming security companies. After all, why would CIOs ever shift their entire IT infrastructure to the cloud unless the cloud came with strong security, compliance assurance and operational risk management? Conversely, should security companies rapidly transform themselves into cloud providers? After all, why would an enterprise that has crossed the Rubicon of moving the IT infrastructure to the cloud...

vipmobile | 17 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

Han Dong, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, User Authentication

Getting noticed is a hard thing. But when you do get recognized by adoring fans, it's like living the life of a beauty queen.

And just look at who noticed us: and BlackBerry Cool


So you ask, what's the news?
We all know that VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) Access for mobile has already been available for free on Blackberry® smartphones and downloadable from...