The strongest passwords are still weak and as we know, are often used across multiple systems. Alliance Two Factor Authentication helps reduce the security threat by requiring an additional authentication mechanism beyond just a memorized password.
Olympia, WA (PRWEB) January 13, 2014
Townsend Security, a leading authority in data privacy solutions, today announced Alliance Two Factor Authentication for IBM i. This new solution allows organizations to reduce the security weakness of relying on passwords as the only authentication mechanism. By requiring an additional piece of information delivered to authorized users via SMS text or voice message, organizations can improve security of their core business applications.
Two factor authentication is recognized as a critical requirement for organizations who need to meet compliance regulations and recommendations such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, FFIEC, etc. Alliance Two Factor Authentication ensures only authorized individuals obtain access to business systems and sensitive data by requiring something they know (password) and something they have (mobile phone).
“The strongest passwords are still weak and as we know, are often used across multiple systems. Alliance Two Factor Authentication helps reduce the security threat by requiring an additional authentication mechanism beyond just a memorized password. Additionally, system breaches often start with keyboard logging malware infections that capture a user’s account and passwords. While the IBM i has excellent user profile security, it won’t prevent this type of attack,” said Patrick Townsend, CEO of Townsend Security.
Deploying an authentication solution can be costly and complex. By using SMS text or voice validation, rather than a security token, businesses can easily enhance their security in a cost effective way. Townsend Security has partnered with TeleSign to deliver the SMS text and voice notifications. TeleSign is trusted by the world’s largest companies and protects 2.5 billion accounts in more than 200 countries and in 87 languages.
“This is a product that our customers asked for in a recent customer survey,” continued Townsend. “Businesses don’t want the added hardware, software, and administrative expense of security tokens or appliances. They want verification codes to be sent to their mobile devices, which Alliance Two Factor Authentication now allows.”
Alliance Two Factor Authentication supports the following features:
- Mobile phone SMS text authentication code delivery
- Voice authentication code delivery to any phone
- One-time codes (OTC) for use when phone services are not available
- User logon authentication
- Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for developers
- Full authentication logging to security audit journal QAUDJRN
Alliance Two Factor Authentication is available for a free 30-day evaluation.
About Townsend Security
Townsend Security creates data privacy solutions that help organizations meet evolving compliance requirements and mitigate the risk of data breaches and cyber-attacks. Over 3,000 companies worldwide trust Townsend Security’s NIST-validated and FIPS 140-2 compliant solutions to meet the encryption and key management requirements in PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FISMA, GLBA/FFIEC, DIACAP, SOX, and other regulatory compliance requirements. Learn more at http://www.townsendsecurity.com.