Nov. 20 - Gemalto, a world leader in digital security, has announced a global business partnership with IBM for its enhanced Ezio eBanking security platform. Featuring cutting-edge levels of security and versatility, the Ezio eBanking Server platform has been further updated with the ability to support a wider range of end-user solutions. The platform has been tested and confirmed to work with more than 30 authentication devices from 20 different vendors, ranging from physical tokens to mobile applications. It is made available worldwide, directly from Gemalto and also through IBM Security Services.
The Ezio eBanking Server is the first to be compliant with both the leading proprietary technologies and the industry's most popular open standards - supporting all types of two-factor authentication tokens, including OTP, PKI, OATH and software solutions. For banks, the platform's seamless interoperability across authentication infrastructures presents new opportunities within areas such as customer segmentation, multi-channel strategy, as well as wider choice of form-factors and use-cases - regardless of legacy systems and investments. The Ezio eBanking Server comes in two versions: one off-the-shelf appliance and one software toolkit which will bring increased flexibility to a bank's existing back-end authentication architecture.
"Our ability to deliver innovative authentication solutions is of critical importance to our clients, particularly those in the banking industry," said Kris Lovejoy, general manager of IBM Security Services. "Making this new offering available as part of the IBM Total Authentication Solution will enable both IBM and Gemalto to address that growing demand with an even more comprehensive and flexible authentication capability."
"We believe more choices enhance the user experience that an eBanking service can offer, and we are fully committed to providing user-friendly and open authentication solutions that support our customers' current and future choices - and one that grows with them as their eBanking needs evolve", commented Hakan Nordfjell, Senior Vice President of eBanking at Gemalto. "The IBM business partnership allows us to reach the global market easier and faster in order to deliver solutions that help our customers add more value and services to their online banking platform."
The Ezio eBanking Server stands at the heart of Gemalto's constantly evolving suite of eBanking solutions, including mobile applications, display cards, USB tokens, card readers, and software development kits. To date, Gemalto has designed, produced and delivered over 70 million Ezio devices to bank customers across the world.
Pairing the Ezio eBanking Server with IBM Security Services gives organizations a next-generation, authentication solution backed by industry leading consulting, design, and implementation services. Named a leader by Forrester Research, Inc. in Information Security Consulting in a new report, The Forrester Wave(TM): Information Security Consulting Services, Q1 2013, IBM Security Services is recognized for its outstanding global delivery capabilities.
IBM Security Services offers end-to-end risk-management solutions to protect against threats while reducing the costs and complexity of security through industry's broadest and most innovative portfolio of security services. IBM Security Services delivers deep experience and expertise into an integrated set of solutions from security consulting and implementation to managed security services for and from the cloud.
Gemalto is the world leader in digital security with 2012 annual revenues of EUR2.2 billion and more than 10,000 employees operating out of 83 offices and 13 Research & Development centers, located in 43 countries.
We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work - anytime, everywhere - in ways that are enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. We develop secure embedded software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services made possible.