The Password is Dead: MobileIron and Entrust Datacard Partner on Derived Credentials for Next-Generation Multi-Factor Authentication

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MobileIron (NASDAQ:MOBL), the stand-alone EMM leader, and Entrust Datacard, a leader of trusted identity and secure transaction technologies, today announced a technology alliance partnership to deliver derived credentials for next-generation multi-factor authentication. MobileIron Derived Credentials with Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential ("Derived Credentials") will provide government agencies that want to use mobile technologies the ability to protect sensitive data while eliminating the need for passwords and hardware tokens.

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Derived Credentials will allow organizations that are using smart cards for authentication to easily extend this technology to mobile devices, providing strong, password-less authentication to the most sensitive of resources. The new product will support the General Services Administration's Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) architecture. While government is the catalyst for Derived Credentials, this methodology is directly relevant to any organization moving to more secure forms of authentication.

"Government agencies have been waiting for years to use Derived Credentials and we're pleased to be the first EMM specialist to bring a solution to market," said Barry Mainz, president and CEO, MobileIron. "This is a perfect example of how we design solutions that meet both the usability and security requirements of our customers. Sacrificing one for the other is not an option. Using Derived Credentials, agencies will be able to remove the need for users to enter passwords on a mobile device, regardless of which identity provider is being used."

With Derived Credentials, government agencies such as the USDA will be able to extend their existing security investments, including personal identity verification (PIV) and common access cards (CAC), to mobile devices. The solution will provide secure mobile access to agency resources without requiring employees to use additional hardware like sleds or smart card readers. Government agencies are required to comply with government regulations and security standards such as Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12), FIPS 201 and NIST SP800-157. Derived Credentials will meet these standards.

"At Entrust Datacard, our focus is offering trusted identity based solutions that have the assurance levels, deployment options and innovation that our customers need," said Ryan Zlockie, vice president authentication solutions, Entrust Datacard. "As mobile rapidly becomes the predominant platform, it is important that our customers are able to move fast with minimal complexity. Our mobile based, derived credential offering will enable a more productive workforce, while offering the highest levels of security to protect what is most important."

With this announcement, MobileIron joins the Entrust Datacard Technology Alliance Program. This news follows MobileIron's recent Federal certification announcements. In June, MobileIron became the first company in the world to receive Common Criteria certification against Version 2.0 of the Mobile Device Management Protection Profile (MDMPP V2.0 and MDMPP Agent V2.0) from the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). In August, the MobileIron Core platform received Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). MobileIron was also the only mobility specialist to be recognized by Government CIO Outlook as one of the Top 20 Homeland Security Solution Providers 2016.

About MobileIron
MobileIron provides the secure foundation for companies around the world to transform into Mobile First organizations. For more information, please visit

About Entrust Datacard
Consumers, citizens and employees increasingly expect anywhere-anytime experiences — whether they are making purchases, crossing borders, accessing e-gov services or logging onto corporate networks. Entrust Datacard offers the trusted identity and secure transaction technologies that make those experiences reliable and secure. Solutions range from the physical world of financial cards, passports and ID cards to the digital realm of authentication, certificates and secure communications. With more than 2,000 Entrust Datacard colleagues around the world, and a network of strong global partners, the company serves customers in 150 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

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