SOURCE: GlobalSign

GlobalSign

February 22, 2016 09:00 ET

GlobalSign and MePIN Partner for Mobile Phone Authentication

Fast Tracking Mobile Network Operators and Financial Institutions to Mobile Authentication

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Feb 22, 2016) - Today at Mobile World Congress, GMO GlobalSign (www.globalsign.com), a leading provider of identity and security solutions for the Internet of Everything (IoE), and MePIN/Meontrust Inc, a leading mobile authentication and transaction authorization solution provider, have partnered to implement advanced mobile authentication for mobile network operators, financial institutions and other online services requiring a convenient second factor identity verification.

There isn't much the 3.7 billion worldwide mobile phone users can't do with their mobile phones today, call, text, email, take photos, socialize, browse and navigate from the palm of their hand. The mobile phone travels everywhere its user goes and it is also now a perfect authentication token. Several different methods and protocols exist to implement authentication in mobile devices from a simple "push OK" to mobile PKI and biometrics.

GlobalSign's Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions support all relevant industry standards for federation and WebSSO, making it easy for online service providers to adopt new authentication methods. Integration to the MePIN smart phone app authenticator enables a selection of convenient and secure mobile phone based identity verification methods for GlobalSign customers.

"Our philosophy has always been to enable our customers to offer the best user experience for their own users and customers," says Paul Tourret, General Manager, GlobalSign. "Mobile devices are perfect authentication tokens and together with MePIN, we can expand our support to smartphone ecosystems and literally put authentication at the user's fingertips."

New regulations such as the Directive on Payment Services (PSD) in Europe and customer demand around the world drive online service providers to search and adopt new convenient, secure and user friendly ways to authenticate their customers and facilitate the registration process. Initiatives, such as GSMA's Mobile Connect, provide a federated mobile authentication framework on a global basis, always providing the same experience for the end user.

"Trusted customer identity is a key driver for online commerce. Properly managing the identities is the backbone of the trust. We are pleased to partner with and expand the reach of the leading Identity and Access Management provider GlobalSign," says Markku Mehtälä, CEO, MePIN/Meontrust Inc.

Visit GlobalSign and MePIN at Mobile World Congress Feb. 22-25, 2016
GlobalSign is also participating in the speed-dating workshop at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., which provides operators a unique opportunity to meet Mobile Connect vendors. Visit GlobalSign at Mobile World Congress Feb. 22-25, 2016 in Hall 7, Stand 7J12 (MePIN / Meontrust Inc booth) to learn more.

About GMO GlobalSign
GlobalSign is the leading provider of trusted identity and security solutions enabling businesses, large enterprises, cloud service providers and IoT innovators around the world to secure online communications, manage millions of verified digital identities and automate authentication and encryption. Its high-scale PKI and identity and access management (IAM) solutions support the billions of services, devices, people and things comprising the Internet of Everything (IoE). The company has offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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About GMO Cloud KK
GMO Cloud K.K. (TSE: 3788) is a full-service IT infrastructure provider focused on cloud solutions. Established as a hosting company in 1996, the company has managed servers for more than 130,000 businesses and now has 6,500 sales partners throughout Japan. In February of 2011, the company launched GMO Cloud to enhance its focus on cloud-based solutions. Since 2007, the company has also grown its GlobalSign SSL security brand through offices in Belgium, U.K., U.S., China and Singapore. For more information please visit http://ir.gmocloud.com/english/.

About GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is an Internet services industry leader, developing and operating Japan's most widely used domain, hosting & cloud, ecommerce, security, and payment solutions. The Group also comprises the world's largest online FX trading platform, as well as online advertising, Internet media, and mobile entertainment products. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en/.

About MePIN/Meontrust Inc
MePIN is a technology and service provided by Meontrust Inc, a Finnish online security company founded in 2010. It provides security and user engagement for consumer online services and payments. MePIN uses banking grade Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) at its security core and mobile devices as security tokens. Meontrust Inc is a MasterCard Start Path company and a FIDO Alliance member. Further information is available at www.mepin.com.