In this article, we would like to draw the attention of readers to the top most praised two-factor authenticators that amazed users during 2013. RSA SecurID, Symantec VIP (Validation and ID protection) is the best two-factor authenticators. So let us discuss gradually and reveal how they make our security strong in the context of identity assurance.RSA SecurID being a most famous and secure enterprise authenticator solution has gained admiration for the authenticate product. The device that looks like a keychain, which is used for two-factor authentication, is also a part of the enterpriseâs identity assurance strategy. Many people use RSA SecurID authenticators for a secured access to VPNs, WI-FI points, web applications, and network OS. RSA SecurID focuses on strong network security, reliable authentication, easy to go solution for users, choice of forms, facts and opinions. Below is the image of RSA SecurID hardware token (left side image) and software tokens (right side image) for your consideration.
How does it work?
RSA SecurID has a unique symmetric key with an algorithm that can produce an OTP (one-time password) for every 60 seconds. The technology used in this device synchronizes each device with the server for a better security. Now the combination of PIN and OTP create a greater security combination that is nearly impossible to guess for hackers.
To provide reliable authentication, RSA SecurID hardware tokens refer to in-depth tests to make sure that users do have to face hidden costs because of token failures.
To enable convenience to users, these tokens are simple to use, as it only requires adding with a password. Each user needs to produce a single time use code while logging on.
1) It offers cloud-based authentication without requiring any hardware and software installation.
2) It provides the device and user behavior records to deliver robust authentication.
3) It can integrate with enterprise infrastructure via third party applications.
4) It eliminates the cost of infrastructure and physical token and offers rapid deployment.
Types of RSA SecurID:
There are multiple hardware and software authenticators designed according to different devices like if we discuss about hardware authenticators, then the series starts with RSA SecurID 200, RSA SecurID700, RSA SecurID800, and RSA SecurID900.
In software authenticators, RSA SecurID software token use the same algorithm as RSA SecurID hardware tokens. The symmetric key is protected safely on userâs PC, Smartphone, and USB devices. Software tokens can be cancelled and recovered when a person loses the device or left a company.
This type of tokens is available for various Smartphone including Blackberry, Nokia, Window, Java, and Symbian OS. For PC requirement, such token supports window and Mac OS that exist in PC and automatic integrate with client remote access.
VIP (Validation and ID protection):
Being a Symantec product and a strong cloud based authentication service; VIP (validation and ID protection) enables enterprise two-factor authentication to avert unauthorized attackers. VIP service offers token fewer authentications to provide a seamless experience for users. It includes device fingerprints, hardware based authentication, analysis of user behavior risk. It means users have to keep aware about their username and password and the next verification factor is hidden from the user as VIP takes care of tagging computers, logging pattern behavior, login profiles. These options unite username and password with mixture of device and user behavior analysis to deliver strong security.For example, it records userâs regular logon behavior, location from where users get access. A threat analysis in VIP service collects data from Norton, Symantec Endpoint protection to detect current virus or malware attacks. When any suspicious logging happens, it notifies users via text, mail, or voice for such occurrence.
To use VIP, just download application on Smartphone then sign in to online banking or merchant sites from your desktop or mobile or Smartphone with username and password and security code.RSA is a security division of EMC Corporation, based in USA that provides security, risk management solution for business, secure mobile access, encryption, and key management etc.