Feb 5th 2016

Intercede Kills Passwords on Mobile Devices

Today, digital identity and credentials expert Intercede, announced the launch of RapID, a security solution that delivers highly convenient, password and token free access to cloud services from mobile applications. In addition, RapID incorporates PKI based authentication and encryption to provide military grade security for business and consumer applications. The solution is designed to establish trusted relationships between end users and service providers using applications that involve sensitive data or are transaction based.

“For the first time application developers don’t have to compromise on security or convenience,” commented Intercede’s CEO, Richard Parris. “RapID kills the need for passwords, the authentication method responsible for more than half of all security breaches. It incorporates standards-based strong encryption and it makes application services easier to access. That combination is a compelling proposition to build the trusted relationships between users and service providers that are essential in a digital economy.”

RapID is a cloud-based solution that can be easily integrated within new or existing mobile applications via two or three simple API calls. Once incorporated, the user is guided through an initial identification and verification by the service provider and a unique digital credential is issued to the smartphone in question.

After that initial enrolment, users simply access the application via a PIN code or fingerprint scan. No other user can access the relevant application account without being in possession of both the correct device and the relevant PIN or fingerprint. It is a fundamentally more secure approach with mutual, two-factor authentication of consumer and service using existing, proven industry standards.

“Consumers are rightly very sensitive to the security concerns surrounding digital applications and nobody has the capacity to remember the multiple complex passwords needed to provide even moderate levels of security,” said Dr Chris Edwards, Intercede’s Chief Technical Officer. “The alternative RapID solution means much more convenient access and dramatically enhanced security.  It enables service providers to deliver more functionality to mobile platforms with the confidence that the people they interact with online are who they claim to be.”

RapID is available for iOS and Android based phones and tablets and can be scaled to service millions of devices. The solution is built on Intercede’s MyID platform which is currently deployed to secure access to some of the world’s most sensitive data held within government, aerospace, defence and banking sectors.