SOURCE: Dexterra

August 12, 2008 07:15 ET

Dexterra Pioneers Security Solution for Mobile Business Applications Powered by VeriSign

First-of-Its-Kind Mobile Security Solution Enhances Security Capabilities for Wireless Carriers and Enterprises

BOTHELL, WA--(Marketwire - August 12, 2008) - Dexterra Inc., a leading provider of software to automate and manage a mobile workforce, announced today that it is pioneering a two-factor mobile security solution powered by the VeriSign® Unified Authentication Service. Dexterra will provide a first-of-its-kind mobile security solution that will facilitate assured security capabilities for wireless carriers' and enterprises' mobile applications, users and devices.

Mobile computing has had an enormous positive effect on worker productivity worldwide, but the lack of effective mobile security solutions has been a major barrier to its widespread adoption in industries that handle sensitive data. Until now, most mobile security solutions have relied solely on user names and passwords to restrict network access, an approach that often fails in the real world. These solutions are highly susceptible to attacks by hackers who intercept the user's login information and simply replay it to access networks illegally.

Dexterra's patent-pending mobile security solution prevents these kinds of "replay" attacks by authenticating both the user's identity and their mobile device before granting network access. In order to break in, a hacker would have to possess the mobile user's identity as well as their device.

Dexterra's mobile security solution also coordinates the entire authentication process, transparently requiring a unique piece of the validation sequence from VeriSign, Dexterra and the user. Unless all three components come together in the proper order, the authentication process cannot be completed. This high level of security makes it extremely difficult for hackers to gain access. At the same time, the transparency of the process allows legitimate users to access network data and applications they need easily, without affecting their productivity.

"Our unique approach opens the door to mobile computing for wireless carriers and enterprises that need to ensure the integrity of their networks," said Michael Liebow, chief executive officer, Dexterra. "These businesses have been waiting for an effective mobile security solution that allows them to offer secure hosted application services to their mobile users without risk to their business data or burdensome processes. Together with VeriSign, we are now able to offer this elegant, innovative solution."

"VeriSign Unified Authentication provides a critical layer of intelligence that enables secure transactions in any kind of network environment, including mobile," said Kerry Loftus, vice president of consumer authentication, VeriSign. "By assisting Dexterra, we can extend the authentication services we provide to consumers to enterprises that want to secure their mobile networks and applications."

Availability

Dexterra's new mobile security offering, powered by the VeriSign® Unified Authentication Service, is available now with the new release of the Dexterra Concert mobile development platform.

About Dexterra

Dexterra provides a broad portfolio of mobile applications built on its open mobility platform, Dexterra Concert™, that enables businesses worldwide to manage and optimize their mobile workforces. Dexterra supports the largest selection of mobile devices and integrates with the widest range of enterprise back-office systems in use today. Dexterra's end-to-end solutions help companies large and small experience rapid deployments, greater returns, higher customer and user satisfaction, and a longer lifespan over any other competing solution.

Dexterra has operations in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific and a vast network of global partners including Accenture, AT&T, IBM, Motorola, RIM and Telstra. For more information, visit www.dexterra.com.

©2008 Dexterra Inc. All Rights Reserved. "Dexterra" is a registered trademark, and "Concert" and "The Business Mobility Company" are trademarks of Dexterra Inc., in the United States and other countries. VeriSign, the VeriSign logo, the Checkmark Circle logo, VeriSign Unified Authentication, and other trademarks, service marks, and designs are registered or unregistered trademarks of VeriSign, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and in foreign countries.

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