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SecureKey Developer Program Accelerates Integration of Strong, Password-Free Authentication for Mobile Apps

SecureKey, the leading provider of trusted identity networks, today launched a new developer program and online portal to open the company’s innovative multi-factor authentication platform to the broader developer community and simplify and speed integration of its groundbreaking mobile security technology into Android™ and iOS apps. The SecureKey Developer Program and its Developer Portal offer developers one-stop access to the briidge.net™ Connect Mobile SDK and security APIs, a sandbox testing environment, a developer forum, plus comprehensive documentation and other tools and services designed to bring “in-app” security and convenience to users and service providers for banking, commerce, health care, eGovernment, social networking and other mobile applications.

“Through our new program and portal, SecureKey is able to offer developers the fastest, easiest path to adding strong, multi-factor device and user authentication into their mobile apps, with a supportive development environment that encourages innovation,” said Didier Serra, executive vice president of global partnerships for SecureKey. “The briidge.net DNA technology is at the heart of the Connect Mobile SDK, allowing us to offer developers a cloud-based, password-free, software solution that enables them to take advantage of trusted execution environments and embedded hardware secure elements as they emerge in the market. This enables developers to deliver apps that offer the strongest level of security without sacrificing user convenience.”

The briidge.net Connect Mobile SDK enables developers to build simple two-factor authentication solutions into their apps with three key benefits:

  • Self-contained mobile in-app experience
  • Ubiquitous device reach (software-based today migrating to secure hardware)
  • Designed for consumers (single multi-device QuickCode PIN)

Stronger and more convenient to use than either an online password or a mobile app PIN, a single QuickCode PIN can also be used across all of the user’s enrolled devices. To provide the highest level of software security available, the briidge.net Connect solution embeds a virtual secure element in the mobile device, providing a cryptographically unique device ID compared to weaker device fingerprinting techniques.

“SecureKey has created a fantastic environment for developers to improve device security with a unique device ID and single QuickCode user authentication while reducing the over reliance on user names and passwords with a better user experience,” said Bruce Parker, founder and CEO of ModoPayments, a partner in the SecureKey Developer Program. “Using the briidge.net Connect SDK, we enable our customers to integrate strong, multi-factor authentication into their apps in days instead of months, without appliances, HSMs or key stores to manage because briidge.net handles all of this in the cloud.”

The SecureKey Developer Portal gives developers a convenient one-stop shop for developing and testing their mobile apps, and interacting with others through a forum environment. After downloading the briidge.net Connect Mobile SDK, a Quick Start Tutorial provides an overview of the development environment, and sample code enables developers to get an immediate feel for working with the briidge.net Connect client and server APIs. Extensive documentation, a blog, developer newsletter and online forum help ensure success in integrating the briidge.net Connect multi-factor authentication technology.

The Developer Portal also provides a complete sandbox-testing environment where developers can tweak the sample code and build mobile apps using the SDK to connect to their own servers. The Mobile API Guide helps developers integrate briidge.net Connect functionality with their application, and includes sample communications to and from the server. The Server API Guide helps developers understand how to handle requests from the Mobile API and call the briidge.net Connect server to validate the request.

When developers are ready to commercialize and deploy their product, SecureKey offers an easy migration path to move their mobile apps to a production environment.

About SecureKey Technologies Inc.

SecureKey is the leading provider of cloud-based, trusted identity networks that reduce the burden, cost, and risks associated with user authentication. The company's federated authentication solutions ensure that users are properly authenticated regardless of the service, device or credential they prefer to use. Organizations can quickly and easily deliver high-value online services to millions of consumers and citizens with improved transaction privacy, simplicity, and convenience. SecureKey is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Boston, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. The company is backed by a world-class group of venture and corporate investors. For additional information, please visit www.securekey.com.

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