Google Apps Picks Up 2-Factor Authentication

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2008-03-13 Print this article Print

The new two-factor authentication is served up on demand from Arcot Systems and designed to be a lower-cost method to get extra security than tokens or added work from users.

Google is dead set on convincing businesses that it's safe to move data from under their mattresses to the bank-the bank being Google Apps, of course.

To that end, Google on March 13 introduced two-factor authentication: an extra layer of access security that Google hopes will help to get businesses over the impression that Google Apps isn't enterprise-ready.

Like all of Google Apps-Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and the recently acquired Postini security and compliance services-the token authentication will be delivered as SAAS (software as a service).

The authentication, called Arcot A-OK On-Demand, comes from Arcot Systems, maker of authentication, digital signing and cardholder authentication technologies. It's available to customers using GAPE (Google Apps Premier Edition), for $1 per user per month, including 24x7 e-mail and phone support.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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