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IBM Wins Award for Mobile Identity and Access Management Solutions


IBM announced that it was recently awarded with 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership, in recognition of its integration of various mobile security, mobile identity, and access management solutions.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that “demonstrates excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products.”

The company attributes its success to its “strong value proposition with regards to the provisioning of context-based authentication for multiple mobile device types and mobile applications”.

“When it comes to identity and access management, organizations often face a trade-off between improving security levels and delivering greater end-user convenience,” says Frost & Sullivan senior industry analyst Mario Fernandez. “IBM breaks the security/end-user convenience trade-off through its IBM Security Access Manager for Mobile appliance.”

One of IBM’s key identity authentication solutions is the IBM Security Access Manager for Mobile appliance, whose risk engine assesses the risk of an end user’s authentication attempt by comparing it with a historical behavior profile of that user.

This contains information related to the volume, type and frequency of transactions; Internet protocol reputation; geographic location; and device fingerprinting.

IBM’s Security Access Manager for Mobile appliance is closely integrated with other IBM products, including IBM Security Access Manager for Web, which adds content security capabilities to protect against attacks such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting.

Last year, the company added security companies Trusteer and Fiberlink and their corresponding products to its portfolio. IBM has also drawn up a future-proof product roadmap that recognizes that biometric authentication methods and contactless technologies will play a large role in enabling mobile access.

“Already, IBM’s scientists have developed an algorithm to determine biometric-based authentication risk scores and risk analysis that can be incorporated into IBM Security Access Manager for Mobile,” added Fernandez.

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