One-time password authentication for MS DirectAccess

Gemalto announced that its Strong Authentication Server and Protiva OTP Tokens have been integrated with Microsoft DirectAccess.

The Protiva OTP token adds another layer of security to DirectAccess, requiring users to simply enter a one-time password generated by the token with a touch of a button for full access to their enterprise network.

It is more ideal for mobile workers than traditional VPNs because it gives employees full access to the corporate network’s file shares, intranet websites, and line-of-business applications wherever they have an Internet connection.

“We introduced DirectAccess in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to enhance enterprise productivity – mobile employees can always be connected and have the same user experience as when they are in the office, while administrators can manage remote computers any time they are connected,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.

The Protiva Strong Authentication family includes SA Server to validate identities and a range of authentication tokens that allow enterprises to choose the solution that fits their needs best.

Gemalto also introduced Protiva Mobile OTP, a secure and cost-effective new way for businesses and their employees to deploy two-factor authentication by simply using their mobile phones. One Time Password replaces static passwords with strong authentication and provides a convenient additional level of security for transactions and access control.

Protiva Mobile OTP works with the popular handset platforms used in business today, including Blackberry, iPhone, the handsets running Java, Windows CE and Brew. Employees simply need to download the secure app onto their mobile phone, which is setup to immediately generate and receive OTPs using the phone as the interaction and computing device.

Combining the mobile credential with their username and one-time-password grants employees the appropriate access to company resources such as a VPN, intranet, mail directory, digital signature, mail and Web pages. The solution is simple for IT administrators to deploy and provision, and is compatible with the majority of industry-leading IT infrastructure elements.

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