Secure m-commerce applications

March/April 2001 Information Security

Comverse, a supplier of software and systems enabling network-based enhanced services, has announced the availability of a solution for end-to-end multi-access security for wireless Internet services.

The solution relies on Comverse's family of next-generation multi-access routers, the compact eXa.Flow and the carrier-grade Mega.Flow, both based on the patent-pending RT-PACE core technology. The traditional implementation of mobile Internet is a software-based proxy gateway that is placed at the premises of the wireless operator and translates messages into Internet protocol.

"The inherent problem of this implementation lies in its inability to provide end-to-end secure transmission, as required by banking, corporate, and m-commerce applications," explained Comverse (SA) MD Stuart Eveleigh.

Eveleigh believes this major security issue has been keeping banks and enterprises from migrating their existing Internet/intranet services into mobile services. Comverse is now changing the perception of wireless Internet security by using its multi-access compliant routers. With a multi-access router at the operator's premises equipped with the unique re-routing capability, secure multi-access transactions are routed directly into a subordinate multi-access proxy, located within the secured network of the bank or enterprise. The whole process is standard-based and supports existing mobile Internet-enabled handsets.

"The use of Comverse's multi-access router provides the operator's mobile Internet subscribers with QoX (Quality of Experience) by enabling them to connect to an unlimited number of secure sites, without changing any settings in the phone, as well as by dramatically decreasing their access waiting period," concluded Eveleigh.

For more details contact Stuart Eveleigh, Comverse, on tel: (011) 706 5763, fax: (011) 706 4461, e-mail: [email protected]

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