Wave Systems Corp. is taking the growing crescendo of distrust around password security to heart. Its latest launch is a security app that provides enterprise-grade management and security functions targeted for Windows 8 tablets. The biggest channel selling point? No passwords.
How it works: The device leverages Wave’s Trusted Platform Module, which lets is act as its own token and securely store and manage user login credentials. The user logs into the device with PIN or by swiping a fingerprint sensor, which allows access to all business applications, as well as Wi-Fi, VPN and internal Web resources. The solution enables encryption for local data at rest and cloud-based content, and provides support by leveraging its Trusted Computing infrastructure, which is an inherent part of Windows 8 devices.
Wave positions its release as one that doesn’t fall under traditional MDM umbrellas — as with Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktops and laptops, Windows 8 tablets are managed by Microsoft Active Directory. Wave’s release touts higher ROI with less overhead and IT staff training, which will likely ease partners’ entry into budget-conscious markets.