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Diversinet in OEM deal with VeriSign

Posted: 30 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobisecure? mobile soft? mobile phone? pda? laptop?

Diversinet Corp. has signed an OEM deal with VeriSign Corp., giving the secure-infrastructure company access to Diversinet's suite of MobiSecure mobile soft tokens for mobile phones, PDAs and laptops.

The tokens, compliant with the OATH open authentication set of standards, will be integrated with VeriSign's Unified Authentication environment.

Toronto-based Diversinet has been working on mobile security since 1997, albeit originally focused on Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solutions. Once the OATH initiative developed standards for one-time passwords last year, said Chief Technology Officer David Annan, Diversinet shifted its focus to soft-token offerings that comply with OATH.

PKI work will play a role in future development programs in federated identity services and other security suites, but the MobiSecure protocols represent the company's primary OEM focus for the short term, Annan said.

Among the variants of authentication protocols which VeriSign can use are the single-credential, single-token type, where Diversinet has worked initially with Blackberry platforms from Research In Motion Inc.

Others include: a multiprotocol variant allowing multiple credential types from a single mobile device; a browser plug-in token so that one-time password authentication can be driven from mobile Web access; an API token for software-library application programming interfaces, used when integrating authentication within applications; and SMS tokens, where authentication is offered for mass-market phones using the Short Message Service.

Diversinet has offered its suite for Java, Windows, Blackberry, Symbian and Palm environments, and will be fleshing out its soft-token products for Linux and Qualcomm BREW development platforms later this year.

- Loring Wirbel

EE Times

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