The ubiquity of mobile devices – especially in accessing data stored in the cloud – brings a ton of benefits and flexibility to users and corporations but also presents serious security threats. A recent mobile security survey reveals that data loss from lost, stolen or decommissioned devices is the top issue keeping enterprise executives up at night.
So here's some interesting information about a new security application that will enable enterprises and consumers to breathe a huge sigh of relief regarding data security in the cloud.
Best-known for its patented Hardware Intrinsic Security (HIS) technology used SmartCards, Automotive, Set-Top Box and Pay-TV, Networking and Communications, and FPGA and Government applications, the folks at Intrinsic-ID are now bringing their proven, top-level security IP to smartphones, tablets and PCs.
The new cloud security application from Intrinsic-ID combines the world's strongest security and encryption technologies with ease of use/access and is the only one based on a two-factor authentication process.
The folks at Intrinsic-ID have launched Saturnus, an application that puts users back in control of their digital lives. With Saturnus, users can easily protect data with their mobile devices before sending it to the cloud. Intrinsic-ID’s Hardware Intrinsic Security (HIS) technology gives Saturnus users peace of mind regarding the confidentiality of their data. It is the first application that offers security based on the combination of a two-factor protection – AES encryption and a software/hardware binding. Saturnus addresses both corporations as well as consumers.
Unique level of security
The security in Saturnus is based on a two-factor protection: “something the user knows” – a password – and “something the user has” – a mobile phone, tablet or PC that is equipped with HIS (as embedded on smartcards of partner companies Oberthur Technologies and INSIDE Secure, for example). HIS technology binds the data in the cloud by using the ‘electronic fingerprint’ of the device.
Saturnus enables many applications, such as: teleworking, mobile workforces but also remote diagnostics and treatments of patients, secure cloud capability, etc. Users can rely on Saturnus to protect their e-mails and SMS data, agenda, financials, payment data and other sensitive data in the cloud. The application also includes an auto fill capability for easy, fast and secure web-based payments.
“HIS technology brings innovative security solution for the cloud. We are pleased to extend our partnership with Intrinsic-ID to support the Saturnus application with a range of HIS-based Secure Elements, including SIM cards”, said Marc Bertin, CTO of Oberthur Technologies. “We are continuously strengthening the security of our products and this will benefit to Saturnus large scale deployment.”
Intrinsic-ID will demonstrate Saturnus at the Cartes exhibition in Paris on 6 – 8 November on a number of smart phones and tablets.
“The combination of the connected world and cloud storage offers tremendous new opportunities to optimize and create new business by enabling data access anytime, anywhere. Most industry observers, however, agree that the main blocking factor for widespread use of cloud storage services is the lack of security for data stored in the cloud,”
Pim Tuyls, CEO of Intrinsic-ID, shows his new Saturnus security
application enabling secure data access anywhere, anytime.
said Pim Tuyls CEO of Intrinsic-ID. “With Saturnus this is no longer an issue. Saturnus allows users to protect their data in the cloud while also being able to easily access it anytime, anywhere.” “INSIDE Secure selected the HIS technology as offered by Intrinsic-ID to address the growing demands to raise the levels of security and enable more flexible key management in smartcards”
, said Christian Fleutelot, General Manager & EVP Digital Security at INSIDE Secure. “We offer a fast-track support for the use of Saturnus in the field. Customers can choose from a wide range of our HIS-based smartcards in several formats like a USB-stick or packaged into a microSDcard to insert in phones, tablets and PCs. We also provide NFC-enabled smartcards that can serve as universal security dongle for Saturnus.”
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