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Secure Remote Access Capability For Cloud Computing

Stonesoft Networks : 04 April, 2011  (New Product)
StoneGate Authentication Solutioin provides multi-factor authentication capabilities for securing cloud access

Stonesoft has announced the availability of its new StoneGate Authentication Solution. This new solution combines multiple authentication methods to provide secure remote access to critical data and applications across the network.

Recently, methods of remote access authentication have become the target of large-scale cyber attacks and data theft. Most recently, RSA was the victim of a major security breach that may have exposed sensitive information regarding two-factor authentication tokens for approximately 40 million users of its SecurID solution. Without a way to confirm how this information is being used, many organizations are seeking additional measures to ensure secure remote access to their networks. Additionally, organizations continue to cite secure access concerns as a primary reason for not pursuing cloud computing strategies that could deliver significant efficiencies to IT.

Unlike RSA SecurID and similar solutions, StoneGate Authentication deploys a dynamic rather than static solution. Rather than delivering a tangible token to mobile and remote users, Stonesoft’s software-based solution combines SSL VPN and authentication server capabilities with other deployed authentication methods that can be pushed to any remote device.

The StoneGate Authentication solution also includes the StoneGate Management Center, which simplifies and centralizes network monitoring and management. Through a single point of view, network administrators can quickly identify any issues and drill down to critical log data. Lastly, it enables updates to be made to the solution as quickly as the ever-evolving network security threat landscape changes. Because security updates can be monitored and managed through a single management console, the StoneGate Authentication solution is ideal for organizations that wish to improve or deploy secure remote access to the cloud.

“Many of today’s solutions for secure remote access were built on an antiquated architecture. Fifteen years ago, tokens made sense, but that is not the case today. Mobile users need secure remote access anywhere, while IT needs a way to quickly and easily manage that access. The only way to accomplish that is by combining multiple authentication methods in a dynamic solution, which is at the heart of the StoneGate Authentication solution,” said Marco Rottigni, SSL VPN product manager at Stonesoft.

Highlights of the StoneGate Authentication Solution include:

    * Secure remote access to any application, including cloud-hosted

    * Complete integration of multiple authentication methods, including StoneGate MobileID and SMS-based authentication

    * Easy access to detailed user and log data to monitor access in real-time and proactively spot security concerns across the network

    * The availability of geo-location information and reporting to increase awareness about remote access trends and threats

    * Complete incident management capabilities, from identification and resolution to mass deployment of updates – all of which occurs from a single management console

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