Thursday, February 10, 2011

Symantec Introduces Game Changer for Strong Authentication Credentials



Dubai, UAE. – February 9, 2011 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that it has worked with Intel Corporation to integrate Symantec’s VeriSign® Identity Protection (VIP) credential into the Intel® Identity Protection Technology (IPT) found in 2nd Generation Intel® Core processor platforms. 

Because the credential is embedded in the Intel chipset, strong authentication within an enterprise environment has now become faster, cheaper and easier to manage. The need to purchase, replace or download credentials is now eliminated allowing enterprise IT departments to go from ‘zero to secure’ in record time.

The VIP service is the leading cloud-based authentication service that enables enterprises to secure online access and transactions to help obtain compliance and reduce fraud risk.  A fully hosted strong authentication Security as a Service (SaaS) solution, VIP offers a cost-effective way to give legitimate users access to business resources, enterprise applications and websites while protecting against cyber criminals. VIP provides an additional layer of protection beyond standard username and password by requiring a dynamic one-time use six-digit security code generated by a user’s VIP credential.

Intel IPT is a powerful, additional layer of security available to link an end user’s PC to his or her online identity, decreasing the ability of thieves to access account information from non-associated computers. Combined with VIP, Intel IPT solution gives users the same high level of security that comes with standalone hardware tokens in a tokenless form factor while providing a cost-effective and easier way of implementing strong authentication. 

About Symantec
Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world.  Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com