SafeNet is offering to help customers interested in migrating from existing multifactor authentication systems to one where they control the full process.
has unveiled migration bundles to provide organizations with a full-fledged
authentication platform as an alternative to what they currently have deployed.
trusted authentication system is flexible enough to support enterprises
regardless of whether they want to deploy hardware or software tokens, smart
cards or even mobile devices, the company said April 13. SafeNet offers
"self-controlled authentication" products where organizations determine how the
data is secured.
new packages are designed to simplify the migration from existing
authentication platforms where the vendor takes care of authentication to
SafeNet's flexible platform where the customer owns the entire process, Tsion
Gonen, corporate vice president of products and marketing at SafeNet, told
eWEEK. The enterprise has the "ultimate control," he said.
data breach headlines highlight the importance of data protection. Anyone can
be hacked," Gonen said.
since RSA Security's Executive Chairman Art
disclosed on March 17 that attackers had successfully breached the
company's networks and stole information related to the company's SecurID
two-factor authentication technology, customers have been worried about the
security of their SecurID
though SecurID used tokens-either hardware or software-to generate one-time
passwords, it doesn't necessarily mean customers no longer trust tokens, Gonen
said. Instead of telling customers that one type of security authentication is
better than another, SafeNet is offering a unified platform that can handle
whatever mechanism the customer prefers.
migration path may seem attractive to RSA customers in comparison with other competitors
precisely because of its flexibility. Customers receive a single management
platform, a range of choices in terms of how authentication is delivered and
programmable tokens as part of the SafeNet bundle. "Brokering" functionality
helps move security modules from the legacy system.
didn't consider SafeNet's move as taking advantage of RSA's difficulties, but
rather seizing the opportunity to let customers know about the kind of options
there are in the marketplace.
works primarily with the channel, so customers would work with the partner to
determine which bundle fits their needs. There are optional migration planning
and implementation services to help with the migration process, Gonen said.
didn't specify pricing as it depends on multiple factors, he said.
can even decide to migrate only a portion of their existing system, Gonen said.
They can maintain the legacy platform in some parts of the organization and use
the same authentication mechanism for the SafeNet platform.
that the attackers stole the seed values used to generate the one-time
passwords on the SecurID tokens, a number of security experts have speculated
that RSA customers will need to replace all deployed hardware tokens to prevent
attackers from using the seed values to break into secure networks.
Litan, a distinguished analyst at Gartner, has estimated that it will cost RSA
about $1.30 a SecurID token to replace all 40 million hardware tokens that have
been deployed. The total $52 million price tag includes the direct expenses of
creating the new token as well as indirect ones such as shipping the token and
providing customer support, Litan told eWEEK.