New white paper informs about the risks associated with digital certificates

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SecurEnvoy provides a comparison of authentication methods.

The basis of a cert is a private key stored on a smartcard or a mobile device that the user always carries with them.

Wherever secure transactions or network access are required, the person requesting access first needs to prove their identity. One of the methods for user identification is the use of digital certificates (certs), which are like digital ID cards. This procedure is examined in a new white paper issued by the IT security expert SecurEnvoy entitled, "The Risks of Authentication using Digital Certificates." It is available for download free-of-charge on the manufacturer's website.

The basis of a cert is a private key stored on a smartcard or a mobile device that the user always carries with them. However, one significant disadvantage here is the issue of distributed identities. Because for every (end) device a user wants to use for their work – be it a PC, smartphone or tablet – a separate cert is required. This results in cumbersome installation work as well as a veritable "jungle of certificates," depending on the number of devices involved. Furthermore, the certs remain on the end devices and can fall into criminal hands if the devices are sold or lost, which poses a threat to sensitive data. A simpler but doubly-secure alternative is tokenless two-factor authentication, which is also explained in the white paper.

The functionality of such a method, the SecurAccess solution from SecurEnvoy, is demonstrated in a video on the developer's Youtube channel.

About SecurEnvoy plc:

SecurEnvoy is the creator of patented tokenless solutions for two-factor authentication. Millions of global users already benefit from the fastest mobile authentication process available that doesn’t require a token. The process uses commonly available devices like mobile and smartphones, tablets, and laptops to provide the passcode required for authentication. Even without mobile phone reception or an internet connection, the user can obtain the code via a voice call or enable identification using one-swipe technology, which is based on a QR code scan. The product range of the company based in London (UK), Frankfurt (D), New York and San Diego (USA) includes the SecurAccess solution. The administration tools can easily be integrated into existing IT infrastructures and allow administrators to add up to 100,000 users per hour. SC Magazine awarded the solution ‘Best Buy’ and the company has been classed as a leading visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. SecurEnvoy has a customer base in all vertical segments, including banking, finance, insurance, government, manufacturing, marketing, retail, telecoms, charity, law, and construction. The authentication expert collaborates with partners such as AEP, Astaro, Cisco, Checkpoint, Citrix, Juniper, F5, Palo Alto, Sophos, etc. See for further information.

Further information:
SecurEnvoy Ltd.
Steve Watts
Sales Director
E-mail: swatts(at)securenvoy(dot)com

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