Symantec works with Intel to offer secure authentication and remote control of devices

Symantec has announced that it has worked with Intel to integrate its VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) credential into the Intel Identity Protection Technology (IPT).

The IPT is found in second generation Intel Core processor platforms, including Intel Core vPro processors, and used in tandem with a username and password, the VIP credential will enable strong authentication. As the credential is embedded in the Intel chipset, strong authentication within an enterprise environment will be faster, cheaper and easier to manage, according to the company.

A fully hosted strong authentication Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, VIP offers a way to give legitimate users access to business resources, enterprise applications and websites, while protecting against unwarranted access.

According to Symantec, the combination of VIP and Intel IPT will offer 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.

Atri Chatterjee, vice president of user authentication at Symantec, said: “The combination of our proven VIP service with Intel IPT provides users with a new level of ‘built-in' strong authentication that has never been available before or easier to use. By synchronising VIP with the Intel chipset, we have created the first ever strong authentication credential that you will never see but will always have in your PC.”

George Thangadurai, general manager of PC client services at Intel, said: “We are excited to work with Symantec to provide Intel enterprise and consumer customers with this strong authentication capability to help meet the security needs of today's users.”

Also, Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has announced a 3G-mobile managed service featuring Symantec's PGP Whole Disk Encryption that is powered by Intel Anti-Theft Technology. The service is expected to be available to customers in Japan later this year, and the company said it will enable Docomo customers to protect the sensitive data that resides on their laptops, deter thefts and protect systems.

According to Symantec, the service will allow Docomo customers to remotely disable a laptop computer by either locking it or destroying the data on its hard drive and administrators can remotely disable a lost or stolen laptop via a secure SMS message, sent either via the Docomo 3G network management server or a roaming network if the computer is lost overseas.

Thangadurai said: “We are very pleased to collaborate with two industry leaders to bring to market a very robust security service combining worldwide mobile broadband reach with strong disk encryption software and the robustness of Intel Anti-Theft Technology for data and asset protection. Docomo is demonstrating their leadership in innovation by rolling out a solution that helps businesses of all sizes protect their most precious asset: information.”

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