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SafeNet Tries to Lure Away RSA SecureID Customers

 
 
By Channel Insider Staff
 
 
 

SafeNet has unveiled migration bundles to provide organizations with a full-fledged authentication platform as an alternative to what they currently have deployed.

SafeNet's trusted authentication system is flexible enough to support enterprises regardless of whether they want to deploy hardware or software tokens, smart cards or even mobile devices, the company said April 13. SafeNet offers "self-controlled authentication" products where organizations determine how the data is secured.

The new packages are designed to simplify the migration from existing authentication platforms where the vendor takes care of authentication to SafeNet's flexible platform where the customer owns the entire process, Tsion Gonen, corporate vice president of products and marketing at SafeNet, told eWEEK. The enterprise has the "ultimate control," he said.

"Recent data breach headlines highlight the importance of data protection. Anyone can be hacked," Gonen said.

Ever since RSA Security's Executive Chairman Art Coviello disclosed on March 17 that attackers had successfully breached the company's networks and stole information related to the company's SecurID two-factor authentication technology, customers have been worried about the security of their SecurID deployments.

Even though SecurID used tokens—either hardware or software—to generate one-time passwords, it doesn't necessarily mean customers no longer trust tokens, Gonen said. Instead of telling customers that one type of security authentication is better than another, SafeNet is offering a unified platform that can handle whatever mechanism the customer prefers.

For more, read the eWEEK article: SafeNet Offers Migration Package for RSA SecurID Customers.

This article was originally published on 2011-04-14