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Clickatell Demonstrates Two-Factor Authentication For Mobile Devices

April 11, 2008

Mobile messaging solutions provider Clickatell this week demonstrated its solution for two-factor authentication on mobile devices. The demonstration took place at the RSA Data Security Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Demonstrating two-factor authentication to mobile devices, Clickatell showed how enterprise users can receive an RSA-generated one-time password (OTP) via text message directly to cell phones.

According to the company, two-factor authentication combines "something you know" with "something you have," providing a more reliable and secure level of user authentication than reusable passwords. Employees who don't typically carry an RSA SecurID authenticator can see how they can receive an RSA generated OTP via text message directly to their cell phone - which allows for immediate and secure access to the corporate network.

"Clickatell was selected by RSA to show how mobile authentication services will benefit a broad range of enterprise customers," said Pieter de Villiers, CEO of Clickatell. "We are pleased to be chosen by RSA, the leader in enterprise authentication, to help customers take full advantage of the ubiquity, intimacy and immediacy that cell phones have to offer when choosing a global security solution."

Providing timely and direct messages in seconds, Short Message Service (SMS) is the ideal form of communication to help enterprises and government agencies provide OTPs to their employees. And, given the ubiquity of cell phones as a device we carry at all times, the mobile device is a reliable and convenient method of reaching the intended party. Once the OTP has been delivered, the password will have a short life of only a few minutes to access the network. If it isn't used within the given timeframe, the password will become obsolete and unusable.

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