SafeNet, a provider of information security solutions, has launched its SafeBSF, a carrier-grade generic bootstrapping architecture solution for mobile user authentication to its portfolio of mobile TV protection and DRM solutions.
SafeBSF provides mobile operators and service providers with a general-purpose authentication infrastructure which can be used for multiple services such as mobile TV and mobile payments.
According to the company, SafeBSF performs mutual authentication of the operator network and consumers – via their SIM card- who may be accessing a multimedia application, including mobile TV, during service access initiation using the GBA standard from the 3GPP. The SafeBSF solution is a complete bundle of GBA components, including a BSF, HSS/HLR Proxy, and a Zn proxy. By using SafeBSF, mobile operators and service providers can be confident that only authenticated users with access rights to their mobile services are able to access the content.
The company claims that SafeBSF can plug directly into an existing HLR (or provide a stand-alone HSS), thereby allowing mobile network operators to leverage their existing authentication infrastructure. This significantly reduces development cost and time to market.
Simon Blake-Wilson, managing director of embedded security solutions at SafeNet, said: Increased demand for next-generation features and services such as mobile TV and mobile payments has forced mobile operators and service providers to prioritize user and device authentication to ensure the privacy, integrity, and confidentiality of sensitive data and valuable content. With the addition of SafeBSF, SafeNet offers customers the industry’s only complete, mobile TV protection solution which address rights management and authentication challenges while reducing development costs and shortening time to market.