HID Global Turns Mobile Smart Card Into PC Security Key

“… a registered user can easily gain access to a company workstation, for example, without the need to remember a complicated password; and if they walk away while carrying their smartphone, the workstation will automatically lock.”

HID Global has brought its mobile smart card technology to the realm of computer security keys with a newly announced solution called Crescendo Mobile.

The solution is designed to create a virtual security key on a user’s smartphone, leveraging the device’s digital certificates to ensure that only the registered credential is used for authentication. Available as a mobile app, Crescendo Mobile can connect with a desktop computer over NFC or Bluetooth, allowing it to act as a security key for IT access. That means a registered user can easily gain access to a company workstation, for example, without the need to remember a complicated password; and if they walk away while carrying their smartphone, the workstation will automatically lock.

In other words, it’s an adaptation of HID’s mobile smart card technology to IT access security. And, as with the company’s mobile smart card solution, it allows administrators to remotely provision users their needed credentials, eliminating the hassle of distribution and retrieving physical keycards.

Commenting on the solution’s value proposition for the enterprise, in a statement, HID Global IAM Solutions VP Brad Jarvis explained, “A key to ensuring security protocols are followed is to ensure that they are as easy to use as possible. The ubiquity of mobile phones, tablets and the like make them an obvious choice to become part of the security system.”

The Crescendo Mobile solution is available for devices running on Android 7 and up, or iOS 11 and up.