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Tim Callan | 21 Feb 2008 | 0 comments

My name is Fran Rosch and I manage the group that writes this blog and develops VeriSign's identity and authentication solutions.

I just got back from a 2-week trip to India, Israel and London talking to customers, prospects, and VeriSign team members. I spent much of the time talking about how customers should deploy solutions that are very "risk based." When consumers access lots of critical data or financial assets on their website, a user name and password is probably not enough. But how much is enough? Does one solution fit all? How much should we change user experience? How much should we spend on security and authentication?

As I traveled through the airports in San Francisco, Frankfurt, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Amman, Tel Aviv and Heathrow, I was struck by the very different security policies and I realized that they also deploy "risk-based" approaches just as we recommend on our customer's Web sites. Here were some different approaches I noticed:

vipmobile | 15 Feb 2008 | 0 comments

We were pleasantly surprised by the positive response to our announcement around VeriSign joining the OpenID Foundation. These articles feature our VP of Innovation, Nico Popp.

OpenID Gets Star Power By Kenneth Corbin of

Tech heavyweights join OpenID Foundation board By Deborah Gage of The San Francisco Chronicle

OpenID gains support for online single sign-on By Shane Schick of...

vipmobile | 08 Feb 2008 | 0 comments

Hi! My name is Kerry Loftus and I have product marketing and management ownership for our consumer authentication product offerings. By day, I'm a dedicated VeriSign employee focusing for the last 8 years on security technologies that are valuable to our customers in helping them better secure their online interactions with customers, business partners and employees. Few would also suspect, outside of my career, I'm a dedicated wife and mother to 4 kids (two boys and two girls, ages 1 - 13 years). Yikes! By keeping my toes in both professional and day-to-day worlds, I hope to bring real-world perspective to a space that is highly technical, potentially complicated, but incredibly essential in our still emerging digital world.

We found an awesome video on YouTube: the "MiniGeek" gets his PayPal security key in the mail, and shows us as he sets it up in less than two minutes. It's child's play! (this video has been removed.)

vipmobile | 07 Feb 2008 | 0 comments

Today's announcement that Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, IBM, and VeriSign are joining the OpenID Foundation's board is great news for the future of online identity. A single portable online identity has long been elusive, and we're excited to see it come one step closer to reality. I certainly won't miss my ever growing list of usernames and passwords!

But what happens when your entire online identity is consolidated into a single entity? It becomes a prime target for attack. In the pre-OpenID world, attackers need to steal your individual credentials for each and every site you visit; but if they're all replaced with a single OpenID, hacking just one account gives you the keys to the castle.

The need for strong account protection has never been greater, which is why we've integrated our...

vipmobile | 05 Feb 2008 | 0 comments

Hi, I'm Jeff Burstein, a product manager on the VIP team.

Today is Super Tuesday, and as a California resident, I went to vote this morning in the primary election. Since this is a blog about identity and trust, let's examine what I needed today to prove my identity to vote: nothing. Do I really look that trustworthy?

I walked into my polling place, went up to the table and told the poll worker my name, which she dutifully looked up in the voter roll and crossed out. No identity check needed, no need to show my ID, check a signature, or any other form of authentication -- just the honor system. (And of course the threat of going to jail for voter fraud!)

For those of us who live and breathe identity and authentication every day this is just unnatural! Of course, there are all sorts of reasons for the lack of strong authentication for voting today, most having to do with budgets, voter turnout, the 24th amendment, and the potential for discrimination. So...

vipblog | 29 Jan 2008 | 0 comments

Welcome to the Online Identity and Trust blog here at VeriSign. Here we hope to share some interesting news about the VeriSign Identity Protection team as well as in the world of identity protection. Since we are all about identity protection, I might as well give a blurb of who I truly am so that my identity and role is clear within this team. I am the new product marketing manager for VIP and I focus on outbound marketing for our solutions.

Reading the developments in the area of identity protection, we see a lot of interesting news these days. Some of us may think that it is only to protect our online financial transactions but with the growth in Internet and the flat world, we must increasingly adapt to newer threats posed to identity theft and fraud. For example, there has...