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Good Technology and ActivIdentity Partner to Secure Mobility Solutions for iOS and Android

November 2011 by Emmanuelle Lamandé

Good Technology and ActivIdentity Corporation, part of HID Global, announced a strategic partnership to deliver an array of new government-strength, two-factor mobile authentication and credentialing solutions for the iOS and Android platforms. The new solutions will couple the existing government-grade security capabilities of Good for Enterprise™ and Good for Government™ with the strong authentication technology of the ActivIdentity ActivClient Mobile middleware to make it easier for Federal employees and the companies that support them to gain access to pertinent applications using their mobile device while maintaining necessary security levels set forth by their Information Assurance (IA) personnel.

Increasingly, enterprises and government agencies must comply with standards such as the DoD Directive 8100.2 and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, or HSPD-12, that require strong, two-factor authentication and credentialing solutions to gain access to government networks. Until now, smartphones and tablets were not able to readily achieve this level of security, thus greatly limiting their productivity-enhancing potential.

Good Technology and ActivIdentity are working together to mobilise smart cards and the underlying secure element technology. This solution enables email and document encryption, cryptographic signing of emails and forms, and extends public key infrastructure (PKI) authentication tools to custom applications previously not allowed on highly popular mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

The strong, multi-factor authentication capabilities of the new solutions will allow employees to prove and trust identities accessing resources on their networks using existing CAC/PIV smart card technology. Employees will also be able to leverage the same certified smart card chip environment inside a Secure Element Micro SD or Embedded Secure Element chip on their mobile device loaded with a certified PIV Applet (data structure, functionality, security model).

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