|[November 20, 2012]
Swivel Secure Launches University Licensing Scheme in UK and North America
WETHERBY, England --(Business Wire)--
Tokenless authentication provider Swivel Secure, has today announced the
launch of its university licensing scheme, which enables universities in
both the UK and North America to secure their network infrastructures at
a fraction of the typical costs, regardless of whether their data is
stored in the cloud or on a virtual private network.
Under the terms of the scheme, Swivel Secure channel partners are able
to offer free licences for Swivel's tokenless authentication platform to
a university's student population, when full licences are purchased for
staff members. The scheme enables budget conscious universities to add
an additional level of security to their network infrastructure without
the need for extensive additional investment.
In both markets, data and network security is a growing concern amongst
university IT administrators. Compliance with strict data protection
regulations, together with increasing demands from students to access
the campus network from a range of different devices and applications,
is creating a complex environment that is putting pressure on existing
access controls. Additionally, many campuses are also looking to realise
the cost savings offered by migrating to a cloud-based infrastructure,
which raises fresh concerns about authenticating off-premise users of
the campus network.
"Cloud is already an attractive cost saving option for univesities and
Microsoft's (News - Alert) recent offer of free university licences for Office 365 will
undoubtedly encourage more campuses to adopt the model," comments Chris
Russell, VP Engineering at Swivel Secure. "But universities should tread
carefully. The ubiquitous reuse of username and password combinations is
a real threat to cloud security. Often, all a hacker needs to do is to
obtain and reuse a student's login details for, say, Facebook (News - Alert), in order
to gain unauthorised access to the campus network.
"Universities need to be implementing an authentication solution that
requires an additional piece of information so if a user's password is
compromised the network remains protected. Our new licensing scheme
enables universities to secure their VPN or cloud-based infrastructures
in this manner using the only tokenless authentication platform approved
for the Microsoft Office 365 environment. Providing free licences to all
students should put the technology within reach of most, if not all
universities, even those working hard to contain additional costs."
The Swivel authentication platform was first launched in 2003. It is now
used by local government, the NHS, major global enterprises and hundreds
of smaller businesses, in over 35 countries, to remotely access their
business networks, virtual desktops and cloud-based applications.
Offering the widest range of user deployment options according to
Gartner (News - Alert), the Swivel authentication platform offers the choice of mobile
apps, SMS and interactive voice response channels when full two-factor
authentication is mandatory.
Established in 2000, Swivel is a pioneering network security solutions
provider. Its multi-factor authentication platform, underpinned by
PINsafe, the company's patented one-time-code extraction technology, is
recognised as the de facto standard in tokenless authentication
technology. Swivel's userbase includes major blue chip companies as well
as SME and public sector organisations. Customers vary from UK NHS
Trusts to multi-national logistics organisations, high street retailers
and financial institutions.
Swivel is accredited under the UK government's CCTM scheme and is the
only non-token based technology approved for the Microsoft Office 365
Swivel has an extensive world-wide network of channel partners with
regional offices in the UK, Spain, France and Germany and is a member of
Marr T&T, the technology arm of the Marr Group, a global investment
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