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Issue Date: October 2008

Fireflight MAS unveils pioneering mobile authentication solution

23 October 2008

Fireflight MAS, an innovative South African technology company, has announced the release of the Fireflight mobile authentication solution, designed to replace traditional authentication methods. Fireflight provides a revolutionary, two-factor, one-time-password (OTP) authentication solution for a multitude of applications; by generating secure passwords on user’s mobile phones.
Taking the inconvenience out of bulky hardware token or sms-based authentication solutions, Fireflight has developed internationally-patented technology to allow any user with a mobile phone to generate secure, random one-time-passwords for Fireflight protected resources. Applicable for a wide variety of scenarios, the system is targeted at all businesses looking to minimise damaging identity fraud and lower administration costs, while using the widespread network of SA mobile phone users.
The solution is the brainchild of prominent technology entrepreneurs, Justin Stanford and Erik van Vlaanderen, and was devised by a team of leading software developers, led by technical architect, Malan Joubert. Fireflight was designed to take advantage of global cellphone saturation while also allowing seamless integration into existing business systems. This allows companies to use the Fireflight technology within their existing user base, without purchasing costly new systems or hardware platforms.
Step 1. Random one time password generated by the Fireflight application on the user's mobile phone - no sms or Internet activity is required
Step 1. Random one time password generated by the Fireflight application on the user's mobile phone - no sms or Internet activity is required
Step 2. Password typed by the user
Step 2. Password typed by the user
Step 3. User's authentication request passes through existing network infrastructure
Step 3. User's authentication request passes through existing network infrastructure
Step 4. Fireflight authenticates the user's one time password
Step 4. Fireflight authenticates the user's one time password
Step 5. User's request is approved and user is logged in
Step 5. User's request is approved and user is logged in
“Historically, mobile authentication relied primarily on token devices or sms-generated OTPs,” says Stanford. “Fireflight seeks to replace this outdated technology, while ensuring a heightened security barrier that is cost-effective and simple to use.” He continues, “The appeal of Fireflight is also its adaptability – whether it is used for remote VPN in a large corporation, as an authentication method for Internet banking or as a security solution for SMEs – anyone with a mobile phone can take advantage of its benefits.”
Set to revolutionise the authentication scene, Fireflight MAS provides a cost-effective, secure solution for local and international businesses. And, with issues around security topping the boardroom agendas of most companies, Fireflight seems to be just what the market has been waiting for.
For more information contact Lee Nelson, Fireflight MAS, (0)21 425 7111, lee@trafficintegrated.co.za


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