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Two Factor Authentication Supplier Chooses SecurEnvoy 2FA

SecurEnvoy : 27 March, 2012  (Application Story)
Motiv takes tokenless authentication from SecurEnvoy for protecting access to its secure IT resources
Two Factor Authentication Supplier Chooses SecurEnvoy 2FA
Motiv is not just selling SecurEnvoy solutions, but is also using them. So impressed with its versatility, Motiv has implemented SecurAccess internally, replacing its own hardware tokens with SecurEnvoy’s SMS and soft tokens.  Motiv’s end-users now have the choice of either soft or tokenless authentication. While Motiv still includes the hardware  tokens within its portfolio, the Dutch reseller believes SecurEnvoy is a more intuitive alternative for its clients.

Two-factor authentication is an essential component of any security infrastructure, as Motiv’s Information Security Consultant Bart Verhaar explains, “I don’t think you can bypass two-factor, or even multi-factor authentication anymore - whether its certificates, biometric or even token solutions. That said, while the solution itself could be fantastic, at the end of the day you need something that justifies the expense and considers the needs of the end user. SecurEnvoy does just that - it’s been a hit every where we’ve installed it, including internally, and we have absolutely no reservations in recommending it to our customers.”

Motiv, not dissimilar to other organisations, has a variety of users - those that log in every day and those that only log in if they’re ill at home. Instead of providing every user with an expensive hardware token, SecurAccess delivers rock-solid two factor authentication at a fraction of the cost.

As the inventors of tokenless authentication, SecurEnvoy’s solution turns any phone that can receive SMS texts into an authentication token providing industry standard two-Factor authentication without the pain and cost of deploying legacy hardware tokens.

The key strategy to successful use of SMS for delivering passcodes is resolving intermittent network coverage and SMS delivery delays. SecurEnvoy overcomes this by pre-loading one time passcodes (each authentication attempt sends the next required passcode) and with three pre-loaded one time passcodes with each message. In addition to tokenless SMS Two-Factor authentication, clients can opt to use a soft token application, available as a download, and suitable for most types of mobile devices – iPhones, iPads, Android, Blackberry, etc. This gives the end user greater flexibility between tokenless or soft tokens.

Bart adds, “Neither ourselves, nor our customers, want soft or SMS tokens – we want the option of either. SecurEnvoy puts that choice in our hands. Rather than an administrator dictating what is used, the end-users decide for themselves whether they want SMS, and whether it’s preloaded or on-demand, or to use their Android or smartphone, or even to change between the two.”

With SecurEnvoy, clients buy a licence which is perpetual, an annual fee for support, leaving just the SMS costs to cover. With soft tokens SMS costs are negated, making the solution even cheaper.

In addition to user flexibility and affordability, SecurEnvoy is also adaptable to different environments, which is important for Motiv as a managed service provider. Bart explains, “Other two-factor vendors, use their own protocols. With SecurEnvoy, because it’s easy to set up, we could build a managed service around it and, using open standards over the internet, connect our service to our clients’ environments.”
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