Mobily methods

Saudi Arabia’s second mobile operator, Mobily, has recently implemented a new authentication system for its staff across the Kingdom. Mahadev Thukaram, business development manager at project integrator Emircom, talks about the project.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  July 1, 2006

|~||~||~|Saudi Arabia’s second mobile operator, Mobily, has recently implemented a new authentication system for its staff across the Kingdom. Mahadev Thukaram, business development manager at project integrator Emircom, talks about the project: “We have recently implemented an RSA Security authentication system at Mobily in Saudi Arabia. Mobily has a number of offices and distributors around the Kingdom, and staff at these offices need to log in to the central ERP system, to access customer data, create accounts and so forth. This requires connecting from the remote sites over the public internet, so authentication is very important here. “The first stage of authentication is LDAP, which has a username and password. The weak point here is the static password, so here Mobily brought in two-factor authentication from RSA, using a token system. Key employees who have access to the ERP, as well as all the vendors across the country, have all been issued with the tokens – around 2,000 tokens in total. “As regards remote access, this is VPN based; all connections are made through VPN, then authenticated by Cisco AAA. And RSA is also integrated to this. Once the user enters his username and password, he also enters the token password. The AAA system then authenticates this information with the LDAP and the RSA server – these are the two levels of authentication that come in.”||**||

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