Entrust to Deliver Simple, Cost-Effective Strong Authentication to Microsoft Windows Environments

Tuesday 15 February 2005 10:06 CET | News

Entrust IdentityGuard for Microsoft Windows enhances todays practice of protecting user desktops with simple usernames and passwords by adding a second factor of authentication that can fit seamlessly into the Windows environment.

It will provide organizations around the globe working to address the risk of unauthorized access with an affordable and easy to deploy option for increasing enterprise security and complying with regulatory requirements. Strong authentication solutions for Microsoft Windows can be expensive and complicated to manage, often requiring the deployment of proprietary hardware devices. The Entrust IdentityGuard for Microsoft Windows solution provides a much simpler method of strongly authenticating users, adding to what the user already knows (i.e. their username and password) a second factor of authentication. Specifically the user employs a grid of numbers and/or characters to answer a challenge presented when accessing their Windows environment. By requiring different combinations of characters on the grid to answer each randomized challenge, users demonstrate that they are physically in possession of this second factor of authentication while leaving attackers with little chance of intercepting a login and using it to gain access to the users Windows account. Entrust IdentityGuard for Microsoft Windows is designed to provide users a simple, intuitive interface for strongly authenticating to the enterprise, regardless of whether that user is working on- or offline, without the need to deploy expensive hardware devices to end users. Organizations can benefit from flexible methods of deploying grids to end users -- on stand-alone wallet- sized plastic cards, in conjunction with existing building access cards, or in electronic form for portable devices accessing the corporate network. These options make Entrust IdentityGuard for Microsoft Windows an intuitive and easily deployable solution, representing less costs for both purchase and management than expensive hardware-based alternatives. As organizations search for cost-effective, easy to manage solutions for complying with industry and government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, and HIPAA, the Entrust IdentityGuard for Microsoft Windows solution is designed to provide an enhanced level of security and centralized audit capabilities that can help companies address these challenging requirements. As Microsoft Windows authentication is often the only protection mechanism for key enterprise applications like email, deploying Entrust IdentityGuard for Microsoft Windows delivers a second factor of authentication for helping to protect access to these sensitive applications. With enforceable strong authentication and centralized audit in place, the Entrust IdentityGuard for Microsoft Windows solution can help organizations comply with government regulations. Availability Entrust IdentityGuard for Microsoft Windows will be made available for Beta in Q1, 2005, with commercial availability in Q2, 2005. It will be available directly from Entrust and through authorized distribution partners.

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