Windows Phone gets virtual smart card support with Intercede’s MyID

MYIDTrnsprntnoshdw08500wIntercede has announced the arrival of their MyID technology on the Windows Phone platform.

The app provides virtual smart card (VSC) management – a form of authentication that uses a device’s inbuilt secure element – for Windows Phone 8.1.

Windows Phone 8.1 comes with an inbuilt Trusted Platform Module (TPM) – a secure element within the device – which is where keys for use in secure two-factor authentication with a virtual smart card are stored. The TPM is protected from hackers; the keys are never loaded in the operating system’s memory, meaning the VSC remains safe even if the phone itself is compromised.

Virtual smart cards offer a convenient alternative using two-factor authentication, allowing organisations to give their employees secure access to corporate networks and resources straight from their Windows Phone.

“Mobile devices have always been seen more as a security risk than a security asset,” said Allen Storey, Product Director of Intercede. “But that’s because mobile security was typically based on a vulnerable form of ID verification – usernames and passwords.”

“Passwords simply do not provide high enough levels of security. They are easily cracked, lost or stolen; and in needing to be increasingly complex, they are also getting harder to remember and more inconvenient for the end user. By implementing two-factor authentication, organisations can immediately strengthen their network security and offer employees the convenience of accessing corporate resources with a simple PIN on the go.”

MyID provides all of the lifecycle management features required to effectively implement large-scale credential roll-outs, including key recovery, certificate renewal and revocation.

Learn more about MyID at Intercede here.