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Dual factor authentication looks to fortify Middle East network security

Bulwark brings Cryptocard's Crypto-mas managed service to the Middle East

Dual factor authentication looks to fortify Middle East network security
New managed service from Cryptocard adds an extra layer of identification to network access management in the Middle East with authentication ‘tokens’ which come in a variety of forms.

Bulwark has announced the availability in the Middle East of managed service Crypto-mas from network security vendor Cryptocard.

Bulwark, the Middle east value added distribution partner of Cryptocard, says that the service, which offers two factor authentication for network users, reduces the complexity caused by the ever increasing number of passwords and user names end-users are required to remember and the proliferation of threats like phishing.

The Crypto-mas provides a fully managed two factor identification solution which redirects user login requests from a company's authentication device to its own secure servers. If the correct credentials are provided, the user is allowed to access permitted network resources as normal.

The user is generated a “one-time password” and matching tokens which come in a choice of hardware, software, Blackberry and SMS token options. Tokens can be mixed and matched within the company and provide selected users with more than one type if required. The hardware tokens have a long life span and some come with replaceable batteries.

Bulwark, which has been charged with developing the market for the managed service in the region, is confident that the Crypto-mas service will massively reduce the risk of users remotely logging on to the network.

"With the availability of Crypto-mas, customers can implement the password security within minutes for the remote users to connect through VPN for mail access and application access etcetera, without the fear of password phishing,” explained Jose Thomas, director of operations at Bulwark Technologies.

“Starting from five users onwards, it could be scalable to any number depending on the customer's requirement. Crypto-mas support most of the firewall UTM and SSL appliances available in the market and without changing any devices or installing any additional server components, customers can add on password security especially for their remote users," he added.

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