ESET has announced the release of ESET Secure Authentication - a highly secure mobile two-factor one-time-password (2FA OTP) authentication system that makes use of end-users’ mobile phones when connecting to company networks.
Providing another layer to the authentication process beyond the basic username/password, the simple and lightweight solution works with iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and 8, Windows Mobile and J2ME-based phones.
ESET says the solution even supports authentication based on SMS messages thus supporting older mobile phones unable to run the application.
ESET Secure Authentication is another addition to ESET’s portfolio of solutions protecting company data in the age of mobile technologies according to the company's IT security evangelist Peter Stančík.
“The new ESET Secure Authentication is a crucial addition to protecting the sensitive infrastructure and data of every company," he says.
"Among the many benefits is easy setup, use and management and broad mobile platform support.
"The new product delivering 2FA authentication is especially suitable for SMBs as an add-in to their existing Outlook Web Access and VPN infrastructure."
Designed to be very simple to install, easy to configure and convenient to manage, the solution by default integrates with the most broadly used services and protocols.
Stančík says the solution also offers protection for Outlook Web Access and RADIUS (VPN), while also tested and supported on Windows Server (2003, 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2 and 2012).
Highlights of Key Benefits:
• Broad Mobile Platform Support: Users using most of the modern mobile devices including iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and 8, Windows Mobile, and J2ME-based phones can be protected via this solution.
The preferred authentication vector is the ESET Secure Authentication mobile application. This application is downloaded to the end-user’s mobile phone, allowing generation of secure, out-of-band one-time passwords.
As a bootstrapping and additional authentication vector, text-based SMS messages are supported for users who cannot install, or have not yet installed, the mobile application.
• Familiar Management Environment (MMC and ADUC plugin): Windows Administrators will value from an easy day-to-day Active Directory user-level administration that utilises the familiar Active Directory Users & Computers management tool, as well as from the integration with the frequently used Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
• Protection of Outlook Web Access: OWA is integrated with two-factor authentication via a native plugin which intercepts user communication until the user has successfully authenticated with their second factor.
• Protection of RADIUS Endpoints: RADIUS is the de facto standard protocol for user authentication in the VPN market. The RADIUS endpoint concentrates all RADIUS requests at one point, transferring the authentication requests to the core service.
• Automatic Configuration: Installation of the mobile application is designed to be simple and seamless, starting with a “double-click” installer. The user clicks on a link in a text message, which installs the application.