Zone Trusted Information Channel (ZTIC) and UBS Access Key
Zurich, Switzerland — 29 Oct 2008: Resembling a memory stick with an integrated display, a prototype USB device developed at IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) Zurich Research Lab brings a new level of security to online banking for consumers. Pilot devices are ready and available to banks for trials.

The Zone Trusted Information Channel (ZTIC) plugs into the USB port of any computer and creates a direct, secure channel to a bank’s online transaction server, bypassing the PC which could be infected by malicious software (malware) or susceptible to hacker attacks.

The consumer can use the security stick to logon and validate all transactions via a display, while the USB device is securely connected to the server, safeguarding against today’s ever more fiendish forms of attacks that can manipulate data in the background, hidden from the consumer and the bank. The USB device adds an extra level of security to the existing authentication solutions provided by smart card, PIN or one-time validation code, in order to counter the newest and most highly manipulative security threats.
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