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.
In this regard, two-factor authentication serves a vital function – by securing access to corporate networks, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud applications, protecting the identities of users, and ensuring that a user is who he claims to be.
Two-factor authentication ensures that users are who they claim to be by requiring them to identify themselves with a combination of:
Something they know – password or PIN
Something they have – token or smart card (two-factor authentication)
Something they are – biometrics, such as a fingerprint (three-factor authentication)
Because strong authentication security requires multiple means of identification at login, it is widely recognized as the most secure software authentication method for authenticating access to data and applications.
When corporate resources are scattered across cloud-based, web-based, and on-premises applications and databases, the need for unified authentication policies is critical in ensuring transparency and consistency for access controls. Today, organizations need to address the issues of remote access security, even when their employees are located in the office.
As employees are increasingly mobile and expect greater access, organizations are looking to ensure secure VPN access. Administrators need to create consistent authentication policies for secure access to all corporate resources and keep their authentication solution flexible, cost-effective, and easy to-deploy.
The growth in the use of virtualized environments—particularly Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions, such as those provided by Citrix— is challenging businesses to overcome the vulnerabilities of fixed passwords and implement a consistent authentication policy to secure access to all online corporate resources.
As enterprises transition to the cloud, they are essentially shifting their focus from controlling security with physical boundaries, to that of a virtual infrastructure. When data and applications move to the cloud, user access – by default – takes place remotely. Organizations must therefore implement access controls for applications in the cloud as well as those still in the confines of the data center.
There is growing concern among IT leaders over the rise in corporate espionage and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) that originate from unauthorized local network access. Relying on simple passwords to protect employees’ computers and privileged workstations could put your organization's network at risk.
To enable employee mobility, companies of all sizes require unified management of security policies, different levels of assurance, and the ability to securely grant employees access via numerous endpoints. With an authentication platform that provides all of the above, organizations can implement unified access policies and single sign-on (SSO) for web-based applications and other corporate resources.
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. If a user does not comply with the access rules in place, they might be requested to provide an additional authentication factor before they are granted access.
SafeNet allows organizations to meet the IT challenges of cloud, mobility, and escalating threats with authentication platforms that offer flexible and simplified service delivery, and which address numerous use cases with the broadest range of authentication methods and tokens.
Two-factor authentication (2FAs) 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.
Just as you wouldn’t want your bank to allow access to your checking account with a simple password, you want to make sure your resources are protected by asking employees to provide an additional factor of authentication. This ensures the employees’ identity and protects their login credentials from easily being hacked or stolen. You do not want to allow access to your valuable assets (be it VPN, Citrix, Outlook Web Access or cloud applications) with only one factor - often a weak password.
Two-Factor Authentication enables to strengthen the protection of vital resources by drastically reducing the chances of various security attacks including identity theft, phishing, online fraud and more.
There are multiple authentication methods that can be used to validate a person’s identity. SafeNet offers the broadest range of authentication methods and form factors, allowing customers to address numerous use cases, assurance levels, and threat vectors.
Context based authentication uses contextual information to ascertain whether a user’s identity is authentic or not. It is recommended as a complement to other strong authentication technologies.
SafeNet’s Next-Generation Authentication Solutions offer IT administrators a multilayer approach to access control. 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. If a user does not comply with the access rules in place, they might be requested to provide an additional authentication factor before they are granted access. This could be an SMS or a one-time passcode generated by a phone token, or a hardware token, depending on organizational policies. Click here to see our Context Based Authentication Infographic.
As the switch to the cloud blurs the boundaries of the traditional network security perimeter, organizations are having difficulty affording, implementing and managing consistent, unified access policies to distributed corporate resources. With SaaS adoption growing, there is no longer a single point of entry to corporate apps.
SafeNet authentication solutions overcome this challenge by allowing organizations to seamlessly extend secure access to the cloud through identity federation. SafeNet authentication platforms leverage organizations’ existing authentication infrastructures, allowing them to extend users’ on-premises identities to the cloud and enabling them to implement unified access control policies for both cloud and network applications. Read more about Strong Authentication for Cloud-Based SaaS Applications & Services
Providing a single point of management for defining and enforcing access controls to all virtual, cloud, and on-premises resources, SafeNet enables to extend two-factor authentication (2FA) to all users, at all risks levels, including mobile employees.
Different authentication methods and form factors address the different risk levels of users. As such, an employee that only has access to the enterprise portal will have a different authentication method/form factor than the company’s IT administrator.
SafeNet offers several methods to ensure secure access from mobile devices to network resources, email, VDIs and more:
SafeNet authentication solutions help secure access in BYOD scenarios by requiring users to register their devices. In this way, organizations may decide that only pre-registered devices may access the network or that non-registered devices require the user to provide an additional method of authentication such as a one-time passcode.
The need to implement unified access policies to SaaS applications, cloud-based solutions, and on-premise environments is essential in order to set and maintain secure access in current workforce environments, highly influenced by mobility.
Under pressure to reduce costs and prove value, IT administration staff is on a constant quest to reduce their TCO. Streamlined management includes user management, provisioning, single sign-on, strong authentication, authorization, reporting, auditing, and policy alerts integrated with LDAP/Active Directory.
SafeNet’s centrally managed authentication solutions are based on a single management platform that supports:
A fragmented IT eco-system hampers security and compliance. Securing employees’ access to enterprises resources under such a fragmented environment is indeed challenging. SafeNet authentication solutions provide a single point of management that applies consistent access controls to the entire IT eco-system. With complete use case coverage, our solutions provide over 100 seamless out-of-the-box integrations for cloud, VPN, VDI, web portals and LAN.
SafeNet ensures frictionless management for IT administrators by providing:
The desire to maintain acceptable levels of access security without burdening end users, combined with the need to support multiple devices, is leading organizations to adopt solutions that have minimal impact on the user experience. SafeNet delivers users frictionless authentication with a wide range of 2FA tokens and tokenless methods of authentication and federated SSO to the cloud.
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