Online consumers wary of phishing, keyboard logging, bots and identity theft can now take control of their own network security with the Gemalto Network Identity Manager (NIM). This self-contained, portable, network security solution plugs into a USB port, works with a standard browser, runs on any PC and does not require any software installations or downloads. An onboard network computer and Internet software create a PIN-protected digital safety zone, impervious to malware lurking in the PC or on the Internet. Yet, it is simple and intuitive for anyone to use. In addition, the NIM supports the VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) Network, so consumers can use Gemalto’s latest innovation with many different online businesses such as Northern Trust, Charles Schwab, PayPal, eBay and Yahoo!
“The NIM is a convenience breakthrough of the first order, and it is supported by Gemalto’s 15 years of experience in digital security solutions worldwide,” said Cedric Collomb, senior vice president, Network Identity Solutions, Gemalto. “For the first time smart card-class security can be deployed to mass consumer markets without significant support costs and complexity.”
“Consumers are already struggling with multiple screen logins, challenge/response, one-time-passwords and other security measures when conducting online transactions,” said Sally Hudson, a research director at IDC. “In addition to contributing to user confusion and overall inconvenience, some of these approaches still leave gaps in security. A single form factor that allows consumers to securely “plug and play’ should prove appealing to a wide range of technology adopters.”
“Our goal is to continue to provide best of breed, layered security solutions that protect consumers’ identities online,” said Fran Rosch, vice president, Authentication Services for VeriSign. “The VIP Network is an important part of our consumer security initiatives and we’re pleased to expand our partnership with Gemalto in utilizing VIP credentials embedded securely on the NIM device across websites participating in the VIP Network.”
This completely new Gemalto digital security product achieves a number of industry firsts. It is the first “zero-infrastructure’ smart card type of device—no special readers, drivers, downloads or software installation are required—so it can be used easily on any PC.