Online Casino Gaming to Become More SecureBy: Fabian Rictor, Saturday January 23rd 2010
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Chocolate Consulting is a specialist consultant for the online gaming industry. VeriSign is a security expert for Internet services. The two have come together and have announced a range of products that will protect online gaming operators from direct and indirect costs associated with account takeover and denial of services.
The first product is VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP). VIP is a cloud based real time authentication system that protects players' accounts from being taken over by third parties. This also eliminates the costs associated with the losses and investigation of account takeover that is incurred by operators. The availability of VIP at an Internet service provider also acts strategically by enhancing customer trust and increasing lifetime value of a player. VIP is a proven technology used globally in several online spheres. Phil D'Angio, head of business development at VeriSign, said that the combination of security and customer trust makes VIP an ideal product for the online gaming industry. Players have to open real money accounts with online casinos and if these accounts get hacked into the funds can get siphoned off. Chocolate Consulting is helping VeriSign to fine tune and market this product to Internet casinos. This will increase the level of banking security that they offer to the players. Most online casino operators today also offer mobile gaming. VIP can easily be adapted for mobile phone application without the need for additional paraphernalia like hardware tokens and mail fulfillment.
The second product that will be offered to the online gaming industry through this partnership is VeriSign's Internet Defense Network (VIDN). This prevents Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks. In the online gaming industry a few hours of downtime puts the operator to losses of millions of dollars. The problem as it currently exists in this sector is that DDOS attacks have become so sophisticated that they cannot be detected let alone prevented. VIDN has an unparalleled record of successful DDOS prevention services. It possesses both the intelligent detection and the remediation capabilities that are needed. Chocolate and VeriSign are bringing this application to the online gaming industry where the DDOS attacks have increased in intensity in the last six months.
Speaking about this partnership, Justin Fraser, director at Chocolate Consulting, said, "At Chocolate we work with our partners to help them understand the online gaming sector and tailor their value propositions for market entry programs. With VeriSign we saw a great opportunity to bring security services into the sector that increase player trust and drive lifetime value." Both VeriSign and Chocolate Consulting are sponsors at the forthcoming International Gaming Expo 2010 in London. Phil D'Angio will be speaking at the event about 'Minimizing the Risk and Keeping Customers Happy: Solutions for Entertainment and Gaming Web Properties'.
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