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Secure remote access protects home workers during London Underground Strike

Signify : 15 June, 2009  (Technical Article)
Hosted remote authentication service provider saw a peak in access during the recent two day strike on the London Tube as more workers stayed at home and logged on securely
The benefits of secure remote access came into their own during the two-day tube strike in London this week. Cambridge-based Signify that provides a hosted authentication service so that employees can securely access their business email, files and applications, saw an increase in remote log-ins of almost 20% compared to the same days the previous week.

"While many businesses lost valuable working days as employees struggled to get in to their offices, those that had a secure remote access policy in place were able to remain largely unaffected by the strikes," said Dave Abraham, CEO at Signify.

As a hosted service provider, Signify has a unique view of remote access activity across a wide range of sectors and businesses. Customers in London range from law firms such as Lovells to local authorities including Southwark and Tower Hamlets. While many organisations provide secure remote access for senior executives and 'road-warriors', business are increasingly making provisions for more staff to have short term access during disruptions from tube strikes and extreme weather to Noro virus outbreaks and terrorist threats.

Signify's fully hosted 24/7 two-factor authentication service removes the cost and complexity of deploying and managing secure remote access and is scalable to meet peaks in demand. The service ensures that every user really is who they claim to be using a flexible choice of token and tokenless authentication options. Regular users can be given an RSA SecurID token that produces a new one-time passcode (OTP) every 60 seconds, while users who will only log in occasionally can opt for the lower cost Passcode OnDemand service that turns their mobile phone or PDA into their authentication device.

Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, Signify provides Secure Authentication Services to corporate and public sector customers to provide authorized access to sensitive information and systems. Signify makes it easy to replace weak, static passwords with strong two-factor authentication including tokens, mobile phones and PDAs.
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