AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are joining forces to develop a mobile authentication solution for enterprises and customers in 2018. The combined task force is expected to tackle a number of related issues, including network-based device authentication, geo-location and SIM card recognition.
Each company has promised to contribute the resources needed to develop an advanced, mobile authentication solution that will help reduce mobile identity risks by analyzing data and activity patterns on a mobile network to predict, with a high degree of certainty, whether the user is who they say they are.
“At a time when online and digital services are commonplace, security and authentication are issues that affect us all,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “Through strong collaboration, the taskforce announced today has the potential to create impactful benefits for U.S. customers by helping to decrease fraud and identity theft, and increase trust in online transactions. Further, we will be working closely with the taskforce to ensure this solution is aligned and interoperable with solutions deployed by operators.”
The taskforce intends to work with the app developer community, industry organizations and third parties to move this initiative forward.
Increased capabilities in this area can stimulate channel opportunities in the security space, and help partners to build a more solid foundation in the mobile device segment.