Verizon Improves ID Service With Easier Two-Factor Authentication
Verizon aims to expand two-factor authentication deployment with new technology that will make it easier to consume and deploy.Verizon is enhancing its cloud-based Universal Identity Services (UIS) offering with new features that aim to make it easier for enterprises to benefit from two-factor authentication technologies. Tracy Hulver, senior identity strategist for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, explained that the UIS update makes the service simpler for users. The UIS can connect with enterprise identity systems, including ActiveDirectory, and provide an additional layer of security with two-factor authentication options. With two-factor authentication, users need a second factor, which could be a randomly generated password, in order to log into a given site or service. "Lots of organizations have been struggling with how to properly roll out strong authentication to users and, at the same time, make it a better user experience than just providing a username and password," Hulver told eWEEK. "Making strong authentication difficult means that users won't use the service."
Among the usability improvement in the updated UIS release is the ability to use a Quick Response (QR) Code as a two-factor authentication mechanism. If users type in their usernames and passwords, they get the choice to scan a QR Code with their smartphones, Hulver said.