NASA jets in to help Entrust Datacard security
The Minnesota-based company’s main enhancement to its password-free mobile login experience is the addition of Bluetooth login support.
The enhancement offers proximity-based VPN and workstation admittance, as well as access to cloud applications, legacy applications and physical door access. Instead of passwords or two-factor authentication, the user’s mobile device is their key.
Ryan Zlockie, global vice-president of authentication solutions for Entrust, calls mobile devices “an extension of our identity”.
He adds: “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, organisations are able to streamline operations, increase productivity and provides a better user experience for their employees, which leads to greater overall employee satisfaction.”
The Bluetooth functionality is the result of the company’s collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). In December of 2017, Entrust participated in an advanced authentication lab at JPL to test authentication experiences that increase security.
Last month, Entrust acquired cloud security firm SMS Passcode and made an investment in cloud security expert CensorNet.
With 2,200 employees in 34 locations across the globe, Entrust is a privately held company headquartered in Shakopee, Minnesota. The company issues ten million+ identity and payment credentials daily and manages billions of transactions on an annual basis.