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Kobil supports open authentication with standard one time password generation.

Kobil Systems : 20 August, 2007  (Company News)
Promotion of standardisation of one-time-password generation forms basis of Kobil's support for the Open Authentication Initiative.
The German IT-security vendor Kobil Systems has become member of the Open Authentication Initiative (OATH) which supports the creation of industry-backed standards for authentication. Since the introduction of their one-time password system SecOVID, Kobil has been promoting non-proprietary crypto-algorithms and the standardisation of OTPs, which allow costumers higher flexibility in their choice of authentication tools by reverting to existing structures.

The Open Authentication Initiative (OATH) is a trade organization aiming at the creation of an open reference architecture by using existing open standards for the effective universal application of high-capacity authentications. The use of standard protocols minimises the costs of authentication solutions by utilising available network and application infrastructures.

'By signing our OATH membership we continue our efforts towards standardisation and the pursuit of consistent and open crypto algorithms for OTP creation', explains Markus Tak, Kobil's Head of Product Management & Development. With their one-time password system SecOVID, the Worms based IT-security vendor offers a solution that is based on standard protocols.

The SecOVID system can be applied in any environment that requires secure access, eg remote access to company networks for sales representatives, safe login into LAN or the protection of web servers, as well as user identification with online banking and SAP R/3. Users can create their OTP
simply with their SecOVID Token and their PIN, with smart card readers and a SecOVID smartcard or with the help of any other standardised device. In every case, the two-factor authentication (possession of Token or smartcard and knowledge of PIN) offers a secure digital identity and maximum safety when accessing sensitive enterprise data and network resources.
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