Entrust Datacard and MobileIron reveal partnership


Stand-alone EMM firm MobileIron and identity solutions provide Entrust Datacard have announced a technology alliance to deliver derived credentials for next-generation multi-factor authentication. 

In a statement, the firms said MobileIron Derived Credentials with Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential will provide government agencies that want to use mobile technologies the ability to protect sensitive data while eliminating the need for passwords and hardware tokens.

Derived Credentials will allow organisations that are using smart cards for authentication to easily extend this technology to mobile devices, providing strong, password-less authentication to the most sensitive of resources.

The new product will support the General Services Administration's Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) architecture. While government is the catalyst for Derived Credentials, this methodology is directly relevant to any organization moving to more secure forms of authentication.

"Government agencies have been waiting for years to use Derived Credentials and we're pleased to be the first EMM specialist to bring a solution to market," said Barry Mainz, president and CEO, MobileIron. "This is a perfect example of how we design solutions that meet both the usability and security requirements of our customers. Sacrificing one for the other is not an option. Using Derived Credentials, agencies will be able to remove the need for users to enter passwords on a mobile device, regardless of which identity provider is being used."

With Derived Credentials, government agencies such as the USDA will be able to extend their existing security investments, including personal identity verification (PIV) and common access cards (CAC), to mobile devices. The solution will provide secure mobile access to agency resources without requiring employees to use additional hardware like sleds or smart card readers. Government agencies are required to comply with government regulations and security standards such as Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12), FIPS 201 and NIST SP800-157. Derived Credentials will meet these standards.

"At Entrust Datacard, our focus is offering trusted identity based solutions that have the assurance levels, deployment options and innovation that our customers need," said Ryan Zlockie, vice president authentication solutions, Entrust Datacard. "As mobile rapidly becomes the predominant platform, it is important that our customers are able to move fast with minimal complexity. Our mobile based, derived credential offering will enable a more productive workforce, while offering the highest levels of security to protect what is most important."

With this announcement, MobileIron joins the Entrust Datacard Technology Alliance Program. This news follows MobileIron's recent Federal certification announcements. In June, MobileIron became the first company in the world to receive Common Criteria certification against Version 2.0 of the Mobile Device Management Protection Profile (MDMPP V2.0 and MDMPP Agent V2.0) from the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP).

In August, the MobileIron Core platform received Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). MobileIron was also the only mobility specialist to be recognized by Government CIO Outlook as one of the Top 20 Homeland Security Solution Providers 2016.

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