The risk-based and on-demand authentication system is designed to provide secure access to VPNs and online portals.
EMC's security division, RSA, announced its Authentication Manager
Express. The newest strong authentication platform is a risk-based and
on-demand authentication system designed for small to medium-size
businesses to provide up to 2,500 users with secure access
to data and business applications through SSL Virtual Private Networks and online portals.
The system employs an intelligent risk engine engineered to provide
invisible, behind-the-scenes protection of Web-based resources against
unauthorized access. The company said Authentication Manager Express
would be generally available in Q1 2011 through authorized RSA
resellers and distributors.
Users continue to employ their standard username and password, and
security is stepped up when the risk engine detects abnormal behavior,
requiring users to correctly answer personal challenge questions and/or
enter SMS- or email-delivered one-time passcodes before access is
granted. The platform uses a layered approach for added strength of
security and is invisible to users unless authentication is outside
of established policy.
"There has always been a need for strong authentication in small and
midsize organizations, yet adoption has been slow because most
offerings have fallen short of meeting the cost and convenience needs
of these customers," said Sally Hudson, research analyst at IT research
firm IDC. "Previous enterprise-class solutions have traditionally been
too costly to deploy and manage for smaller organizations; cheaper
alternatives lacked end-user convenience and didn't provide
multi-layered protection. RSA Authentication Manager Express combines
the best of RSA's expertise and innovation in enterprise and consumer
authentication technology to provide the right balance of security,
simplicity and features required by smaller organizations."
Additional features include audit capabilities to help organizations
track what users are accessing to meet changing compliance regulations
and canned reports help simplify proving compliance. Seamless
integration with leading SSL VPNs and Web servers requires minimal IT
"Most authentication solutions are geared toward the enterprise, but
this platform is appliance-based and much more accessible for
midmarket organizations," Morten Ekeroth Stenfeldt, product manager
and team leader of IT security at Denmark-based distributor SEC DataCom
A/S. "Being quick and simple to deploy as well, it's a compelling
offering for midsize businesses and we look forward to helping our
resellers engage with them by providing new security solutions based on
RSA Authentication Manager Express."
Justin Mescher, CTO of Integrated Data Storage Solutions, said RSA's
product is cost-competitive, implements seamlessly into almost any IT
environment and is designed to be one of the easiest ways to add
another layer of security to resources that require user remote
access. "Coupled with an expanded set of RSA SecurWorld reseller
training resources and benefits, we expect Authentication Manager
Express will help us drive new interest among midmarket customers that
were previously hesitant to consider strong authentication solutions
priced and designed for larger enterprises," he said.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.