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Ericsson has concluded a deal worth over $1 million to build SofToken technology from Secure Computing into its future generation of 'intelligent' mobile phones. Ericsson is also a shareholder in Symbian, the joint venture building intelligent phones based on Psion EPOC32 OS. The move was made to address the fears that many organisations still have over the security of mobile data, even though digital mobile networks are inherently far more secure than the previous generation analog networks. Users' security concerns are particularly strong in North America where analog mobile phones still dominate. The two companies have yet to decide exactly how SofToken will be incorporated into Ericsson mobiles but the intention is to secure communications between the mobile phone and servers -- whether those links are direct or through the Internet. Secure's server technology, SafeWord, uses dynamic password authentication to control remote access. The Ericsson mobile phone will therefore utilise SofToken to generate the necessary dynamic password to gain access to secure servers. "This is a tremendous validation of our technology by one of the world's leading telecommunications companies and will result in ongoing SafeWord server sales to the Ericsson mobile user base," said Tony Caine, Secure Computing regional sales director. The agreement will, for example, enable mobile phone users to participate more readily in e-commerce, he added. ® Click for more stories

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