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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes the Uniqueness of SafeNet's Authentication Solution for Cloud-Based Enterprise Applications

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes the Uniqueness of SafeNet's Authentication Solution for Cloud- Based Enterprise Applications PR Newswire MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, July 2, 2012 - Unlike traditional offerings, the BlackShield Cloud™ system offers end-to-end automation for provisioning, administration and management MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the cloud-based authentication services market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes SafeNet (erstwhile Cryptocard, acquired by SafeNet in March 2012) with the 2012 European Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award for the development of BlackShield Cloud™, a multi-factor cloud-based authentication system. As the mobile workforce continues to scale up, enterprises are constantly seeking efficient, low-cost authentication mechanisms to protect organizational data and deliver secured access to employees and end users. In this regard, SafeNet's cloud-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) system for enterprises is unique, as it brings together cloud, token-less mechanisms, and automation to meet the changing requirements of authentication. The innovative element of SafeNet's solution is the vast token range it offers, including software tokens, grid-based authentication, out-of-band (OOB) SMS, USB hardware tokens, keypad tokens to enable challenge/response, credit card-style one-time password (OTP) tokens, and support for Open AuTHentication (OATH)-compliant tokens.
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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes the Uniqueness of
SafeNet's Authentication Solution for Cloud-
Based Enterprise Applications
PR Newswire
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, July 2, 2012
- Unlike traditional offerings, the BlackShield Cloud™ system offers end-to-end
automation for provisioning, administration and management
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California
, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent
analysis of the cloud-based authentication services market, Frost & Sullivan
recognizes SafeNet (erstwhile Cryptocard, acquired by SafeNet in
March 2012
)
with the 2012 European Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award for the
development of BlackShield Cloud™, a multi-factor cloud-based authentication
system.
As the mobile workforce continues to scale up, enterprises are constantly
seeking efficient, low-cost authentication mechanisms to protect organizational
data and deliver secured access to employees and end users. In this regard,
SafeNet's cloud-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) system for enterprises
is unique, as it brings together cloud, token-less mechanisms, and automation
to meet the changing requirements of authentication.
The innovative element of SafeNet's solution is the vast token range it offers,
including software tokens, grid-based authentication, out-of-band (OOB) SMS,
USB hardware tokens, keypad tokens to enable challenge/response, credit
card-style one-time password (OTP) tokens, and support for Open
AuTHentication (OATH)-compliant tokens. This extensive availability of non-
expiring and re-assignable tokens differentiates SafeNet from traditional
authentication vendors. Moreover, the SafeNet platform offers an effective log-
on mechanism for any token type across all resources accessed by users from
their internal enterprise network through public and private cloud applications.
"The technical excellence of the SafeNet team is reflected by the ability to
deliver OTPs on-demand in a Web-based business environment with a great
level of flexibility, without compromising on security," said Frost & Sullivan
Senior Research Analyst Charanya Balasubramanian. "Utilizing standards-based
authentication protocols for the generation of passcodes and user PINs,
BlackShield Cloud empowers organizations to determine the robustness level of
their authentication methods based on the organizational requirements."
As a result, highly confidential data assets can have strong authentication
mechanisms, while less valuable content can be accessed through simpler
authentication methods. In addition, BlackShield Cloud is backed by multi-
tenant architecture to support comprehensive management of multiple
accounts. Leveraging OpenID protocols, SafeNet has increased the number of
PoPs to cope up with scalability requirements, location data privacy, and
regulatory requirements. In addition, the company has acquired the intellectual
property (IP) for GrIDsure to support grid-based tokens.
Further, Blackshield employs RADIUS protocols to support network access
devices such as VPNs and firewalls. The ability to add two-factor authentication
using the BlackShield authentication programming interface (API) makes the