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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.

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: CrackBerry.com and BlackBerry Cool

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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...

vipmobile | 10 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

Han Dong, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, User Authentication

Greetings VIP Blog fans,

I'm here at the 2009 Gartner Identity & Access Management (IAM) Summit. The day started off with a keynote presented by Earl Perkins, one of the lead Gartner analysts who explained how much IAM has evolved over the years - highlighting the fact that there are several IAM lifecycle elements (Planning, Process, and Problems) to consider and several key business drivers (improving security, reducing risk, and meeting regulatory requirements) in deploying an IAM solution. And at the end of the day, four of the analysts presented as a panel and reviewed the 2009 "...

nicolas_popp | 03 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

One of key challenges in federated authentication network is the establishment of trust between an identity provider (IDP or OP) and relying party websites (RP). In the real world, contractual agreements provide a simple out-of-band mechanism to effectively bind two parties into a trust relationship. When it comes to federated identity networks, peer to peer contracts between many identity providers and a myriad of relying party websites do not provide for a scalable process. Therefore, open federated networks need a trust assurance framework to bootstrap trust between the three parties (the user, the OP and the RP).

The basic idea is that if an OP can be certified to comply with a set of industry best practices, the RP should be able to enter into open identity exchange where both the websites and the consumers are reasonably protected. Of course, a pragmatic trust assurance...

chalcon | 08 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

Today, we are pleased to announce that our customers' options have been broadened by our technical and sales partnership with RSA, another "Best-in-Class" Authentication Provider. The agreement will provide organizations with the mutual benefit of an expanded VIP Authentication Service through the availability of RSA SecurID® two-factor authentication technology for more choice in one-time password (OTP) authentication.

Organizations in search of strong authentication solutions will benefit from being able to use VIP in combination with RSA SecurID hardware tokens and the convenience of a single platform.

This technical and sales partnership between RSA and VeriSign signals a new chapter in the longstanding relationship between RSA and VeriSign, both of whom were recently rated Best-in-Class for Multi-Channel...

yeinav | 15 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

It's about time Hollywood produces a blockbuster about identity management.

No, I'm kidding. No producer would never even read a script which includes the term "identity management" in its title (except, perhaps, "Harry Potter and the Identity Management Prince"). But there is a new Bruce Willis movie that deals with the issue of identities, among other things, and, well, that's a start.

The movie is called "Surrogates" (watch trailer), and it tells the story of a futuristic world in which humans live in isolation while only communicating with their fellow man through robots that serve as social surrogates and are better-looking versions of their human counterparts.

Now isn't that kind of what happens today in our own world? When we go to the web we have a virtual identity through which we communicate with our fellow man, fellow banks, fellow stores: we send our virtual...

nicolas_popp | 08 Sep 2009 | 1 comment

Today, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra is announcing the first pilot for its Open identity initiative. The pilot will support both OpenID and Information Card technologies. Initially, it will be conducted by the Center for Information Technology (CIT), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other agencies. Over time, over 500 governmental web sites may become Open ID relying parties, potentially, creating one of the largest federated identity network.

Bien sur, VeriSign and the PIP will participate to the pilot as Open ID authentication services. This means that your VeriSign PIP ID will be accepted across participating federal Web sites. Saying that we are proud of being a part of this important announcement would be an understatement. The open identity initiative is a crucial step in President Obama's mandate for open citizen participation on key society issues such as...