Upgraded Smarter Authentication Platform Offers Stronger MITM Protection

Upgraded Smarter Authentication Platform Offers Stronger MITM Protection

Encap Security has released a new version of its flagship platform, with Smarter Authentication v. 3.1 offering even more robust security against hack attacks.

Smarter Authentication essentially aims to use mobile devices as security credentials, leveraging contextual data as well as biometric scanning for authentication purposes. The system already supported Apple’s Touch ID and Samsung fingerprint scanning systems, and now version 3.1 broadens that biometric support to include support for Android Marshmallow’s fingerprint scanning capabilities.

The new version also offers stronger protection against Man In The Middle (MITM) attacks, which seek to alter communication between two parties. Whereas previous iterations of Smarter Authentication encrypted data at the SSL layer—the security link between a server and a browser—the new version encrypts data on the app itself.

Summing up the improvements in a statement, Encap CEO Thomas Bostrøm Jørgensen said “Smarter Authentication 3.1 builds on our previous work by future-proofing our fingerprint options and making the app even safer to use – even if the device itself is compromised.” The platform is aimed at the financial sector at a time when banks are looking for better digital security to go with increasing mobile activity, and as such may prove compelling to these potential clients.

February 25, 2016 -by Alex Perala