At Infosecurity Europe next month, Signify will be demonstrating how quick and easy it is to deploy and manage its cloud-based 2-Factor Authentication service ((2FA)). It will also be stressing that companies must consider the hidden costs of implementing (2FA) in house – such as ongoing management and administration, token provisioning and all the additional specialist skills and resources needed to deliver a reliable service, 24/7 – before they make a potentially costly mistake.
“When looking, for example, at a token-based (2FA) solution, it is common to consider the cost of the tokens themselves, the authentication server and software required and then compare these directly to the costs of a managed service of the same scale,” explains Dave Abraham, CEO at Signify. “This is unrealistic and can make an in-house solution look considerably more attractive than it really is. Companies are failing to consider the hidden costs, which include the internal man-hours of rolling out the solution; administering and managing users; token provisioning; keeping hardware and software patched and up-to-date; and ensuring 24/7 user support and high availability. All these things are included as part of our managed service package.”
Perhaps the toughest of all the hidden costs to give a monetary value is the flexibility of (2FA) as a managed service. Signify’s service will scale up or down to meet changing business demands, while businesses can also pick and choose the authentication method to suit individual users and working patterns. Signify’s reliable (2FA) services include robust hardware token-based authentication and a software-token service that supports
Blackberry, Android and Apple iOS operating systems. It also offers the tokenless Signify Passcode OnDemand service that sends One Time Passcodes (OTPs) via email or SMS text message on request. Businesses get to mix and match to the needs of the individual user instead of being forced into having a ‘one-size fits all’ compromise.
Deploying a fully hosted service doesn’t mean relinquishing control over your authentication of users. Signify’s Identity Management Centre (IMC) web portal allows users to manage their own accounts while giving administrators the ability to enforce security policies, add or remove users and delegate management responsibility on a regional or departmental level, as well as providing the reporting tools to track each token and monitor usage information.
By delivering it as a fully managed service, Signify also makes (2FA) possible for organisations that simply don’t have the skills, time or resources to do it in house. With Signify (2FA) becomes quick, simple and affordable for organisations of all sizes that want to have flexible and secure remote access. Signify’s smallest customer is a one person financial services business while its largest has over 20,000 users.
To ensure it always offers the best and most appropriate authentication technology as a part of its service, Signify researches, tests and assesses all the leading solutions in its Signify Research Lab. Authentication technologies are rigorously interrogated in ‘real-life’ scenarios, to make truly informed decisions. And as an independent service provider Signify is completely objective.