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nicolas_popp | 10 May 2010 | 0 comments

When Achilles was a baby, the oracle predicted that he would die in battle from an arrow. Thetis, Achilles' mother who did not want her son to die decided to dip Achilles' body into the water of a river that would make him immortal. Unfortunately, Thetis had held Achilles by the heel which was not washed over by the magic water. Achilles grew up to be a Great War hero, whose apparent invincibility had turned him into a legend. But one day, an arrow shot at him was lodged in his heel, killing him instantly.

When it comes to consumer identity, Facebook looks more and more like the Achilles' of identity. Every day, it is growing more powerful and invincible. Yet, a growing stream of concerns is gradually exposing the social warrior's vulnerability to security and privacy. Nevertheless, as a website, Facebook...

vipmobile | 04 May 2010 | 0 comments

Han Dong, Senior Manager - Product Marketing, User Authentication

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Thinking of moving your productivity apps to the cloud? Several tech-savvy folk like you have already deployed or are in various states of making the move to leverage an increasing number of enterprise productivity apps that live in the cloud. Just consider the benefits of cloud-apps:

  • Zero infrastructure investment / capital expenditure (for typical server & software installation, on-going care and feeding, etc.)
  • Quick-and-easy deployment and provisioning of applications (no need to install software on redundant servers or on every desktop), including multi-tenant (disparate organizations) sharing of pooled resources (of host CPUs, system failover,...
nicolas_popp | 20 Apr 2010 | 0 comments

For most enterprise and security vendors, the cloud is fascinating both as a technology and a business disruptor. In fact, SAAS CEOs such as Successfactor, SalesForce and NetSuite are hot shots in Silicon Valley these days. Yet, most of us are still wondering how much IT budget is actually going to be thrown at the so-called private, hybrid and public clouds in 2010. So what is in the way of the big shift?

We had a good discussion on this topic at AlwaysOn today. At least, it seems that everyone agrees on the main challenges: integration is harsh, security is dicey and compliance seems out of reach. So, where do we start? I am starting to believe that there too, we need to provide a baseline for cloud security and trust. Like PCI for e-commerce, a certification for the cloud will not make the cloud completely secure, but it will at least provide a set of common definitions and best-practices...

nicolas_popp | 05 Apr 2010 | 0 comments

This week is the week of the OpenID summit in Mountain View, California. We are all hoping that 2010 will be another pivotal year for open identity. There seems to be a combination of market forces that are making federated identity more attractive. In fact, we are hearing new compelling use cases for federation. A first example is cloud access and identity management. As enterprises shift their IT infrastructure and information to the cloud (as in IAAS, PAAS and SAAS applications), CIOs need to federate corporate identities with cloud service providers. For cloud resources, the corporate directory becomes the identity providers and the cloud services are the relying parties (and if you don't have a directory or don't want to use it for federation, Google is in the pole position to be your OP). Another interesting vertical ripe for federation is healthcare. Now that the Obama bill for healthcare has passed, one should expect a revival of health information networks (remember the...

vipmobile | 02 Apr 2010 | 0 comments

Han Dong, Senior Product Marketing Manager, User Authentication

I came across a recent Associated Press article by Jordan Robertson, concerning "Smart" utility meters and their security holes. In this article, Robertson talks about the "aggressive roll out of new [Smart] meters" by utility companies in the U.S. Smart meters are a new type of enhanced utility meter, designed to measure natural gas or electricity usage in a more sophisticated manner. smart-meter-300x225.jpgEssentially Smart meters (versus old-fashioned "dumb" meters) can measure not just the volume of utility used...

nicolas_popp | 16 Mar 2010 | 0 comments

I could not resist the temptation. Trust Seal, the Trilogy is now on Youtube.

The first act is strictly business, but you may not want to miss act II and act III with Snikko the hacker. Rest assured. I have already promised the marketing team that there would not be a sequel.

vipmobile | 10 Mar 2010 | 0 comments

Erica Huang, Product Manager

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A year ago, at the 2009 RSA Conference, VeriSign officially announced the FREE VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) software credential for mobile phones, VIP Access for Mobile. And last week, at the 2010 RSA Conference, we celebrated the one year anniversary of our...

nicolas_popp | 03 Mar 2010 | 0 comments

The Open Identity Exchange was launched this morning at the RSA conference in San Francisco. It is a significant step for federated identity as it will enable US government web sites such as the NIH to embrace open identity standards and roll out open identity services to US citizens. For example, the National Institute of Health can now move out of pilot phase and support accredited OpenID providers.

So, what is the Open Identity Exchange (OIX)? The OIX aims at enabling specialized trust frameworks or certification programs within a vertical community (e.g. US government, health care, financial services). Certification requirements for shared identity can be diverse and complex depending on the level of assurance required. Simply said, when it comes to trust, one size does not fit all.

You can think of a trust framework as the policy sibling of technical...

nicolas_popp | 03 Mar 2010 | 0 comments

The Open Identity Exchange was launched this morning at the RSA conference in San Francisco. It is a significant step for federated identity as it will enable US government web sites such as the NIH to embrace open identity standards and roll out open identity services to US citizens. For example, the National Institute of Health can now move out of pilot phase and support accredited OpenID providers.

So, what is the Open Identity Exchange (OIX)? The OIX aims at enabling specialized trust frameworks or certification programs within a vertical community (e.g. US government, health care, financial services). Certification requirements for shared identity can be diverse and complex depending on the level of assurance required. Simply said, when it comes to trust, one size does not fit all.

You can think of a trust framework as the policy sibling of technical...

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...