The Evolving Intersection of Mobile Computing and Authentication

Archived Published: 22 December 2011 ID: G00218061


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Behind the hype of IT consumerization lies a tectonic shift in enterprise computing. Corporate IT organizations must address authentication from mobile devices. Authentication methods and technologies surveyed include X.509 certificate, OAuth 2.0, Near Field Communication (NFC), and software one-time password (OTP) devices.

Table of Contents

  • Summary of Findings
  • Analysis
    • Authentication
    • Shifting to the Mobile Computing Platform
    • X.509 Certificate
      • Certificate Procurement
      • Trusted CA List Update
      • Certificate Consumption Capabilities
      • Certificate Authentication for Email
      • Mobile Device Management
    • Software OTP Client
    • OAuth 2.0
      • Rich Mobile vs. Mobile Web Applications
      • Components and Process
      • Authentication vs. Single Sign-On
      • OAuth as Authorization Framework
    • Near Field Communication
      • Technology
      • Mobile Device Support
      • Tap to Pay
      • Device as Smart Card
      • Device as Smart Card Reader
      • Device as OTP Display
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Recommendations
    • Be Specific
    • Use X.509 Certificates and MDM
    • Use OTP Devices for Non-employees
    • Plan for Different Mobile Device Application Architectures
    • Banish the Password
    • Look, but Don't Leap on NFC
  • Recommended Reading
  • Notes
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