RSA offers secure, mobile access to Web apps

Promising to secure mobile access to Web applications, RSA Security announced new software Wednesday that delivers one-time access codes to mobile devices via short messaging service (SMS).

RSA's Mobile authentication software delivers the one-time access codes to users pagers, mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) or e-mail accounts at the time of log-in. By entering an ID and PIN (personal identification number), followed by the access code, users can then access desired Web applications.

The two-way authentication system is meant to provide secure remote access while lowering administration costs and making use of existing mobile devices.

Aimed at the business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets, the software provides Web-based administration from a single point in the network. RSA Mobile is also scalable, handling up to millions of users, an RSA spokesman said.

The software aims to bank on the growth of text messaging, but while RSA said that there are currently more than 200 million SMS users in Europe, the U.S. market has yet to experience a serious uptake.

RSA Mobile is based on a subscription plan of between US$5 to $10 per user, per year, for every 100,000 users, and will be available by the end of September, the Bedford, Massachusetts, company said.

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