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Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-factor authentication serves a vital function within any organization -securing access to corporate networks, protecting the identities of users, and ensuring that a user is who he claims to be.

Evolving business needs around cloud applications and mobile devices, combined with rising threats, and the need to reduce costs, require entirely new considerations for access control.

Authentication is one piece of the Access Management pie. Identity and Access Management solutions provide a framework for granting and requesting access to applications, enforcing access controls and ensuring visibility into access events. That’s where SafeNet Trusted Access comes in.

SafeNet Trusted Access is an access management service that combines the convenience of single sign-on with granular access security. By validating identities, enforcing access policies and applying smart single sign-on, organizations can ensure secure, convenient access to numerous cloud and web-based applications from one easy-to-navigate console.

Why do we need multi-factor authentication?

New threats, risks, and vulnerabilities as well as evolving business requirements underscore to the need for a strong authentication approach based on simple service delivery, choice, and future-forward scalability.

Today, organizations are asking:

  • Can I address new demands of my business — like cloud and mobile devices?
  • How do I map access control methods to business risk and the needs of my users?
  • Can I centrally manage, control and administer all my users and endpoints?
  • Who controls my user data?
  • How can I incorporate additional security layers to help me further fortify against threats?
  • And how do I keep it all practical and cost-effective?

More than ever, customers are looking for identity and access management solutions that deliver simplicity, automation, reduced TCO and choice.

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Multi-factor authentication ensures that a user is who they claim to be. The more factors used to determine a person’s identity, the greater the trust of authenticity.

MFA can be achieved using a combination of the following factors:

  • Something You Know – password or PIN
  • Something You Have – token or smart card (two-factor authentication)
  • Something You Are – biometrics, such as a fingerprint (three-factor authentication)

Because multi-factor authentication security requires multiple means of identification at login, it is widely recognized as the most secure method for authenticating access to data and applications.

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Gemalto's multi-factor authentication software delivers the protection you expect, while enabling customers with broader choice, improved visibility, and the ability to expand into the future. As a result, organizations using our MFA software have:

  • Better self-control of data - Gemalto enables customers with the option to create and control their own token data, so there is no reliance on a third-party vendor

  • Improved management and visibility – Gemalto's solutions deliver single-server management, providing full control, simple administration, and reduced cost and staff burden

  • Expanded options – Gemalto delivers the broadest choice when it comes to access security methods – so you can meet the needs of any user and any risk level (hardware or software, certificate-based authentication or traditional one-time-password, on-premise, or into the cloud)

  • Future-ready solutions - Gemalto provides new solutions that deliver MFA and single sign-on (SSO) for cloud applications as well as credentialing for mobile device management

  • Painless migrations - Gemalto offers seamless migration to cloud-based authentication, which maintain your existing investments and cause no disruption to end users

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With the plethora of access control offerings available today, it is important for organizations to carefully evaluate the available solutions before making a decision on which solution to implement. When choosing a solution, organizations should take a number of factors into account. The following are some questions to consider:

  • Do I want to protect my internal network from unauthorized access?

    If so, consider two-factor authentication (2FA) solutions that enable flexible and comprehensive secure network access, both in the office and remotely if needed.

  • Do my users need to connect from remote locations?

    If so, consider portable solutions that enable secure VPN and web access for remote users, and that enable employees to secure their laptops and data while on the road.

  • Do my users need to access many password-protected applications?

    If so, consider solutions that provide single sign-on functionality, either by storing user credentials on the token or by integrating with external single sign-on systems.

  • I want my users to digitally sign and encrypt sensitive data or transactions?

    If so, consider smart card-based solutions that provide secure onboard PKI key generation and cryptographic operations, as well as mobility for users.

  • How sensitive is my business data?

    The more sensitive the data, the higher the priority on the robustness and security of the solution.

  • Do I want to firmly protect data that sits on my users’ PCs and laptops?

    If so, consider token solutions that integrate with PC security products such as boot protection and disk encryption applications that require the use of a token to boot a computer or decrypt protected data.

  • Have I or do I want to implement a secure physical access solution?

    If so, consider token solutions that enable integration with physical access systems.

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Gemalto allows organizations to meet the IT challenges of cloud, mobility, and escalating threats with authentication management platforms that offer flexible and simplified service delivery, and which address numerous use cases with the broadest range of authentication methods and tokens.

Gemalto MFA Products:

Authentication as a Service (AaaS)

Authentication as a Service

More and more businesses embrace the benefits that derive from managing their data and applications in the cloud. As users access sensitive assets from a greater variety of devices and locations, organizations become vulnerable to new threats. AaaS enables organizations to easily apply strong authentication onto multiple access points.

Gemalto AaaS Products:

  • SafeNet Trusted Access: Delivers AaaS with flexible token options, enabling a quick cloud migration and protecting data from any source – from cloud-based and on-premise applications to networks, users, and devices. View Product Details

Authentication Management

Authentication Management

Gemalto offers the most comprehensive identity access and management systems to administer, monitor, and manage strong authentication deployments across the organization.

Learn How Authentication Management Integrates with Access Management


Gemalto Management Platform:

  • vSEC: A flexible smart card management system for enterprise deployments requiring on-premises card printing for PKI-based authentication and physical access. View Product Details

Authenticators – Tokens, Smart Cards & Other Form Factors

Authenticators – Tokens, Smart Cards & Other Form Factors

Offering the broadest range of methods and form factors, Gemalto allows customers to address numerous use cases, assurance levels, and threat vectors with unified, centrally managed policies—managed from one authentication back end delivered in the cloud or on premise.

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Gemalto Authenticators:

Security Applications

Security Applications

Gemalto’s security applications consist of middleware and password management software that enable users to securely store and manage user credentials.

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Gemalto Security Applications Products:

Do You Have Control of Your Data?

Organizations are facing new access control challenges as mobile devices become the computing platform of choice, as organizations rapidly adopt Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud-based applications, and as threat vectors escalate.

Gemalto allows organizations to adapt their business and security needs to meet these challenges with access security solutions that offer flexible service delivery which simplifies authentication implementation and management through automated processes, and which drastically reduce the time and cost of provisioning, administration, and managing users and tokens compared to traditional models.

Use Cases Addressed by Gemalto Solutions:

Mobile Workforce Security

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Organizations need to leverage enterprise authentication to ensure secure remote access, even when their employees are located in the office.

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Secure VPN Access

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Administrators need to create consistent policies for secure access via VPNs and keep their identity and access management solution flexible, cost-effective, and easy to-deploy.

Learn How Our Solutions Secure VPNs

Secure Access to VDI Solutions

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The growth in the use of virtualized environments – particularly Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions – is challenging businesses to overcome the vulnerabilities of fixed passwords.

Learn How Our Solutions Secure VDIs

Secure Cloud Access

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SafeNet's multi-factor authentication solutions for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) allows enterprises to maximize cloud data security.

Learn How Our Solutions Secure Cloud Access

Secure Network Access

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Take steps to protect against corporate espionage and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) that originate from unauthorized local network access.

Learn How Our Solutions Secure Enterprise Networks

Secure Access to Web-Based Applications

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With the right platform, organizations can efficiently implement unified access policies and single sign-on for web-based applications.

Learn How Our Solutions Secure Web-Based Apps

Context-Based Authentication

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With context-based authentication, employees can easily and securely access enterprise and SaaS applications, as long as they meet pre-defined policy rules set in advance by the administrator.

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Additional Uses Cases

In addition to the above, by combining authentication with encryption and cryptographic key management, Gemalto customers can address the following high-priority security needs throughout their organizations.

Virtualization and Cloud Security

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Gemalto’s data protection solutions solve the challenges of data governance, control, and ownership that arise in the cloud and virtual environments.

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Data Protection Compliance

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By adopting an information-centric approach you can meet the data compliance needs of today while staying persistently compliant with new mandates.

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PKI Security

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Consistently safeguard the integrity and trust of your organization's public key infrastructure (PKI) environments.

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Industry-Specific Multi-Factor Authentication Solutions

Offering solutions that are industry-specific, Gemalto is able to serve the particular requirements of our customers, protecting the world’s leading organizations in finance, retail, healthcare, and more.

Financial Data Security

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Gemalto is the market leader in financial data security for the world’s largest financial institutions protecting over 80% of the world’s fund transfers, providing transaction security for five of the world’s largest central banks.

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Healthcare Information Security

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With Gemalto solutions, healthcare organizations achieve and maintain compliance by protecting sensitive data, such as patient records, medical transactions, and intellectual property for pharmaceutical and medical patents.

Learn more about Healthcare Data Security

Retail Data Security

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Retailers utilize Gemalto solutions to secure customer data inside their organizations and achieve compliance with all retail data privacy mandates.

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Government Data Security

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Gemalto is trusted by governments across the world to secure mission critical information, control access, ensure data ownership, and safeguard communications.

Data Protection for Cloud Service Providers

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Scalable cloud-based data protection solutions for increasing ARPU and reducing operational costs, all while simplifying operations and maintaining compliance.

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White Papers & Other Resources

The surge in high-profile security breaches, as well as evolving business environments that require entirely new considerations for access control - like Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and mobile device management - represents a shift in how trust and control is established and maintained.

More than ever, authentication is vital for the health of any organization – empowering admins to secure access to corporate networks, protect the identities of users, and ensure that a user is who he claims to be. Check out the below resources to learn how your organization can utilize and benefit from multi-factor authentication solutions.

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A Security Survey of Strong Authentication Technologies - White Paper

All authentication methods are based on providing the legitimate user with a method for proving his or her identity. Such “proof” can involve different form factors, such as something only the user knows (like a password) or something only the user has (like an external piece of hardware or the user’s biometric information). It could also be something that the user is, such as unique physical attributes, for example, a fingerprint or retinal scan.

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Assessing the True Cost of Strong Authentication - White Paper

Many organizations rarely look closely at the Total Cost of Operation of their authentication solution and instead make a decision heavily driven by the up-front purchase price. This approach to assessing authentication costs shows that infrastructure investments and management overheads dominate the total cost of the solution. Lowering these overheads, therefore, would reduce Total Cost of Operation. Cloud-based services are increasingly becoming an integral part of the enterprise, precisely because they lower costs and management overhead while increasing flexibility.

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