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PhoneFactor 2.1 from Positive Networks Includes Two-Factor Authentication

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August 14, 2008

PhoneFactor 2.1 from Positive Networks Includes Two-Factor Authentication

By Anamika Singh, TMCnet Contributor

Positive Networks (News - Alert), a provider of security products and services, says PhoneFactor 2.1 is the latest version of its phone-based two-factor authentication service.

Officials from the company say the new product is designed to protect against corporate networks attacks. PhoneFactor 2.1 has enhancements which allow companies to deploy and manage two-factor authentication across their enterprise, Positive Networks officials say.
Data theft is growing rapidly and has affected 40 million users in the TJX data breach, officials say, prompting a need for secure, two-factor authentication. Consumer advocates and regulatory agencies are encouraging companies to implement safeguards to protect access to customer and credit card data.
PhoneFactor 2.1 enables two-factor authentication to secure access to corporate networks and the data. PhoneFactor adds a second layer of security which is an automated phone call for login processes. It works with both landline and mobile phone of the user, so it leaves no device to distribute software to install.
“Companies are putting their own and their customer’s data at risk each day that their network can be accessed using only a password,” stated Tim Sutton, chief executive officer of Positive Networks. “With the complexity of deploying traditional two-factor solutions, it’s easy to see why. PhoneFactor 2.1 offers a strong layer of defense against these attacks and the new features make it extremely easy to roll-out to their entire user base.”
PhoneFactor 2.1 has features such as Directory Integration Module which automatically enables new user for PhoneFactor and update users by synchronizing with an existing Active Directory or LDAP server. User Portal Module is another important feature, which allows users to complete their PhoneFactor enrollment in minutes from any Web browser. Help Desk staff can use the portal for services, officials say, and call rollover helps reach users when their primary phone number in not responding.
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Anamika Singh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anamika's articles, please visit her columnist page.

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