Article posted: Jul 18, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

Cisco's 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report points out that mobile devices are the most difficult to protect. That's in large part because of increased use of Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) into the workplace. While organizations can save up to $350 per phone, per employee, by allowing the use of BYOD devices, there are inherent security challenges. When employees download apps from questionable gaming sites that are more likely to be breached, they leave a window for hackers to enter corporate servers and steal valuable organizational data.

Most mobile phone users secure their phones with out of band messages using SMS. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the government agency that creates guidelines and rules for security, sees major flaws in securing mobile devices via SMS and recommended stronger security solutions in securing mobile devices.

There's no need to secure mobile devices with one-time passwords or SMS messages, as there are more options than ever when it comes to mobile identity and access management security solutions. These solutions include behavioral metrics and biometrics and smart cards. Here's a great example: Our partner Identiv, a global provider of physical security and secure identification solutions, recently introduced an iOS smart card reader for the OtterBox uniVERSE Case System and Apple iPhone and iPad. Identiv's iAuthenticate 2.0 OtterBox offers an extra layer of security for accessing corporate data through mobile devices.

Identiv's timing is spot on. It's more important than ever to protect corporate data, as employees access sensitive corporate data with unsecure BYOD phones. Identiv's IAuthenticate 2.0 OtterBox smart card reader solves this challenge.

Identiv's iAuthenticate 2.0 OtterBox smart card reader, built for the OtterBox uniVERSE Case System, provides an extra layer of security in a world increasingly more reliant on accessing corporate resources through mobile devices. According to Identiv's announcement, iAuthenticate 2.0 is designed to work with all OtterBox uniVERSE Case Systems for Apple iPhone and iPad. The reader supports standard ISO 7816 smart cards in addition to those issued by the U.S. government, including PIV and CAC. iAuthenticate 2.0 is compatible with middleware applications for user authentication, digital signature, encryption/decryption, and secure access to web-based email, portals, and collaboration sites authenticated to CAC, PIV, or other approved smart cards.

Congrats to Identiv for this important security solution. To read more about this innovative product, visit

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