news_SQUARE ENIX first to deploy Strong Authentication for Online Game User Authentication in Japan
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., and ZURICH, Switzerland, March 31, 2009 -- VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VDSI) (www.vasco.com), a leading software security company specializing in authentication products, announced today that its DIGIPASS® GO6 and VACMAN® Controller strong authentication solution will authenticate users attempting to access the content and services of Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) including massively multiplayer online role-playing game FINAL FANTASY® XI. Square Enix is a major video game company based in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
FINAL FANTASY XI will be the first online game in Japan to use one-time password security. On April 7, 2009, Square Enix plans to begin offering user authentication using this technology to users who purchase VASCO’s authentication devices.
Research conducted by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, released in February 2009 reported 2,289 cases of fraudulent access to online services during 2008, an increase of about 26% over the previous year. The majority (1,559 cases) were fraud involving online auctions, followed by fraud involving online games (457 cases).
Until now, Square Enix security initiatives included the use of user IDs and fixed passwords, and user education on online security regarding user ID and password management. Square Enix decided to enhance unauthorized access countermeasures by adopting VASCO’s DIGIPASS GO6 & VACMAN strong authentication solution to authenticate users of FINAL FANTASY XI in Japan, North America and Europe.
Square Enix will distribute VASCO’s DIGIPASS GO 6 authenticators which will be used by FINAL FANTASY XI game players when logging in to the game. By using the one-time password (OTP) generated by DIGIPASS for logging in to the game, unauthorized access to the account will be virtually become non-existent and the security of the account will be enhanced considerably. FINAL FANTASY XI can be accessed from console games PlayStation®2 and Xbox 360®, and from Windows® PCs, and users will be able to use the one-time password for access to the game from any of these devices. On the server side, VACMAN Controller, VASCO’s authentication software which is used by many financial organizations worldwide, was adopted.
“In the light of growing concerns about online fraud involving online games, online auctions and online shopping, VASCO believes that over the next few years demand for one-time password solutions to enhance online security will increase significantly, leading to further the market growth for its solutions,” stated Jan Valcke, VASCO’s President and COO.
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VASCO is a leading supplier of strong authentication and e-signature solutions and services specializing in Internet Security applications and transactions. VASCO has positioned itself as global software company for Internet Security serving a customer base of over 8,000 companies in more than 100 countries, including more than 1,200 international financial institutions. VASCO’s prime markets are the financial sector, enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government.
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