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Flash client for easy deployment of strong authentication to many users.

Arcot Systems : 16 August, 2007  (New Product)
Two factor authentication based on Adobe Flash client enables remote users to gain access to resources without helpdesk calls.
Arcot Systems has updated its software-based two-factor authentication system, WebFort, with a Flash-based client for easier installation and use of PKI-based authentication. As a result, WebFort will be easier to use yet will still provide a strong level of security for the large enterprises in financial services, healthcare and other industries that face increasing regulatory pressure to protect and verify end-users' identities. WebFort will take advantage of Adobe Flash to give unprecedented simplicity to PKI by addressing the challenge IT departments face of how to roll out authentication technology to millions of users without changing users' behaviour or involving users in software deployment.

Once the ArcotID Flash Client is installed, users log in to the network or the web site as they always have with their user name and password, but behind the scenes the highest levels of security protect them. Since Adobe Flash is already installed on over 97% of Internet connected desktops around the world, the new WebFort solution makes two-factor authentication convenient, cost effective and easier to install than other PKI-based authentication solutions. As a result, mass deployment of strong authentication is a convenient reality for the first time.

"Businesses want better online security, but they don't want the risk of changing customer behaviour," said Jonathan Gill, Managing Director at Arcot UK. "We've solved that problem by using Adobe Flash to make strong online authentication invisible."

The ArcotID Flash client combines its own security technology, including its patented Cryptographic Camouflage for protecting information in software, with Internet standards like Secure Flash and SSL to automatically prevent man-in-the-middle, phishing and other threats that can lead to identity fraud. The result is two-factor authentication strong enough to satisfy security sensitive enterprises and comply with privacy and identity regulations.

ArcotID and the WebFort system enable online user identification and authentication, digital signing, and secure eStatement delivery. Since WebFort integrates with existing Identity Management/Single Sign On platforms, companies can quickly and easily upgrade security for employees, vendors, contractors or customers. Finally, the software form factor means that WebFort is cost effective to purchase, deploy, and manage, giving WebFort the lowest total cost of ownership of any strong authentication solution.

'It is important that our authentication solution can provide high levels of security at the same time as being easy to use," said Keith Cordon, Information Security and Compliance Manager at Boots. "If it's not easy to use this results in unforeseen costs through support calls to our helpdesk and user frustration. Arcot continues to innovate in making authentication that's strong and simple."
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