ActivIdentity and BT Join Forces to Deliver Market-Leading Strong Authentication
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Press release date: April 12, 2007
LONDON, April 12 // -- ActivIdentity (NASDAQ:ACTI) has signed an agreement with BT, one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services, to further enable BT to provide its customers with a means of introducing a secure and effective remote working policy. This follows the successful deployment of an ActivIdentity two-factor authentication solution within BT itself for its own employees.
ActivIdentity software will be available to customers to verify the identities of their remote workers before allowing them access to confidential data and applications, ensuring security and accountability. In line with its strategic roadmap, BT will work with ActivIdentity to expand its portfolio of authentication solutions.
ActivIdentity technology is based on open standards, and this will be an advantage to BT's customers: "We help our customers to build complex, customised solutions, often involving components from different vendors. The use of open standards technology is vital in this context, allowing us to future-proof the solutions to cope with new challenges and security threats that affect our customers' business," Rakesh Mahajan, global director of mobility, BT.
BT has road-tested the ActivIdentity authentication solution to facilitate remote access to its own network. Over the past three years, BT has issued ActivIdentity tokens to over 70,000 employees as part of its own "BT Workstyle" flexible working policy. The technology allows them to securely access the company network wherever they are located, bringing multiple benefits.
"Our own experience and research amongst Fortune 2000 companies indicates that the benefits of flexible working are not limited to cost reduction," added Mahajan. "Other tangible benefits come from the ability to allow employees to be more productive, take advantage of improved communications and the means to respond to customer enquiries more quickly. The adoption of a wide-scale flexible working policy by BT has shown a marked increase in staff motivation and retention of key staff as a result of an improved work-life balance."
Marc Hudavert, vice-president and general manager at ActivIdentity Europe, commented: "As employers allow more flexible and diverse work environments and the corporate infrastructure becomes truly mobile, the need for positive identification of staff in diverse environments has become very challenging. Employers want to be able to offer their employees an adaptable working policy and take advantage of cost efficiencies, without jeopardising security.
"Our technology combined with BT's integrated services will help enterprises to realise the benefits of flexible working, without putting confidential data at risk," Hudavert added.
NOTES TO EDITORS
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include networked IT services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.
In the year ended 31 March 2006, BT Group's revenue was 19,514 million pounds Sterling with profit before taxation of 2,040 million pounds.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt .
ActivIdentity(R) Corporation is the trusted provider of identity assurance solutions for the enterprise, government, healthcare, and financial services markets worldwide. The company provides the only fully-integrated platform enabling organizations to issue, manage and use identity devices and credentials for secure access, secure communications, legally binding digital transactions, as well as intelligent citizen services.
ActivIdentity customers experience multiple benefits including increased network security, protection against identity theft and online fraud, enhanced workforce productivity, business process efficiencies, and regulatory compliance.
ActivIdentity solutions include Smart Employee ID, Enterprise Single Sign On, Strong Authentication, Secure Information and Transactions, and Smart Citizen ID.
More than 15 million users and 4,000 customers worldwide rely on solutions from ActivIdentity. Headquartered in Fremont, Calif., the company has development centers in the United States, Australia, France, and sales and service centers in more than ten countries. For more information, visit www.actividentity.com .
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