RSA Security upgrades authentication platform, digital certificate solutions

Source: RSA Security

RSA Security Inc. (Nasdaq: RSAS) today announced RSA Authentication Manager 6.1, the enterprise software powering RSA SecurID two-factor authentication technology, which now delivers 802.1X-based security for organizations with both wired and wireless environments.

RSA Security also unveiled RSA SecurID for Microsoft Windows 2.0 solution and announced broader platform support - including server environments based on Linux, HP-UX and IBM AIX operating systems - providing greater flexibility and choice for customers seeking the security benefits of strong authentication. These solutions also help meet the needs of customers seeking to leverage strong authentication within the enterprise.

As organizations deploy wireless business networks, there is an increasing need to ensure that data are secure in unwired environments, as underscored by a March 2005 survey by RSA Security which revealed that more than one-third of wireless business networks were insecure. With a RADIUS server powered by a specialized version of Funk Software's Steel-Belted Radius®, RSA Authentication Manager 6.1 software offers 802.1X support to help protect sensitive corporate data within wired and wireless networks. The software also supports a number of Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) methods, including EAP-Protected One-Time Password (EAP-POTP), an open specification for wired/wireless strong authentication.

RSA SecurID for Microsoft Windows 2.0 Solution

RSA Security also delivered new capabilities and key enhancements to RSA SecurID for Microsoft Windows solution with the release of version 2.0. New capabilities include:
  • Improved policy management capabilities for Microsoft Windows administrators
  • Enhanced usability for an improved end-user experience
  • Seamless password integration with Microsoft Windows administrator utilities
  • Increased scalability, including high-availability and reduced storage costs
  • Complete integration with the RSA SecurID SID800 USB-enabled authenticator.

    "As organizations grapple with ever-changing threats to corporate data security, RSA Security is committed to delivering the greatest range of flexibility and choice in strong authentication," said John Worrall, vice president of worldwide marketing at RSA Security. "The RSA Authentication Manager 6.1 release, which includes RSA SecurID for Microsoft Windows 2.0 solution, offers a range of solutions that meet the needs of our customers worldwide, particularly in terms of addressing authentication inside the firewall."

    RSA Authentication Manager 6.1 and RSA SecurID for Microsoft Windows 2.0 will be available worldwide in October of 2005.

    Separately, RSA Security Inc. (NASDAQ:RSAS) today announced RSA(R) Certificate Manager 6.6 and RSA(R) Registration Manager 6.6, which deliver greater functionality and ease-of-use to customers deploying comprehensive digital certificate solutions. With an improved credential lifecycle management process, enhanced scalability and superior deployment flexibility, RSA Security's new offering will help companies efficiently introduce and rapidly expand their use of digital certificates. The new versions of RSA Certificate Manager and RSA Registration Manager (formerly RSA Keon(R) software) also provide simplified methods for customers pairing digital certificates with solutions such as smart cards, USB-based two-factor authentication tokens, and enterprise single sign-on.

    RSA Security's portfolio of identity and access management solutions - including the new RSA SecurID(R) SID800 USB token and RSA(R) Sign-On Manager enterprise single sign-on software - provide organizations with the ability to easily extend investments in digital certificates. Specific benefits made possible by new capabilities in RSA Certificate Manager 6.6 and RSA Registration Manager 6.6 include:
  • Credential Lifecycle Management: RSA Certificate Manager 6.6 delivers lifecycle management improvements, including self-service functionality and simplified certificate renewal management, which reduce administrative costs and time associated with managing digital certificates
  • High Availability and Scalability: RSA Certificate Manager 6.6 delivers higher performance and availability, improving customers' ability to maintain business continuity. In addition, the product enables companies to deploy multiple RSA Certificate Managers in tandem, scaling to millions of users and hundreds of thousands of certificates per day.

    Adaptive Deployment Capabilities: RSA Registration Manager 6.6 supports the addition of multiple certificate authorities, thereby ensuring that it can continuously adapt to the changing requirements of large enterprises' certificate infrastructures. It can also issue certificates for different applications according to customizable policies, providing customers with the flexibility required to more broadly deploy certificates.

    "By enhancing our line of digital certificate solutions, RSA Security hopes to enable organizations to gain the greatest short- and long-term benefits associated with on-premise digital certificate management," said John Worrall, vice president of worldwide marketing at RSA Security. "These solutions also extend our position as a leader in offering our customers flexibility and choice in authentication methods."

    RSA Certificate Manager 6.6 and RSA Registration Manager 6.6 will be available worldwide in September of 2005.
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