Northern Lights Turns on ‘Trusted Access’ Online
What might look like a typical thumb drive to members of Northern Lights Federal Credit Union may actually be what regulators consider a top-tier secure and compliant way to access the Internet for online banking and shopping.
IronKey, a data and online security management provider, is offering that backing for its IronKey Trusted Access for Banking solution. Rather than storage, the firm said the device houses a secured, virtualized operating system and Web browser in a read-only format that thwarts known and first-day attacks that often go undetected on users’ computers until long after the damage is done.
St. Arnauld said the device will be optional and members can choose to continue to use the standard password and-PIN dual authentication they’re using now to access their credit union’s CMC FLEX transaction and online banking systems.
She also said she can’t predict the level of adoption, but added, “Based on what I’m hearing from the people I’ve talked to, I think we’ll have a very good penetration rate, because people really want to protect their information now as much as possible.”