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Do factors really factor anymore?

In the old days, two-factor authentication was quite simple. It was defined as using more than one of 1. Something you know; 2. Something you have or 3. Something you are. This definition seemed to work well for us for some time. Now, however, it is seriously fraying. Why? Consider this:

Law firms targeted for client's information

When we first started WiKID, back in the days of Nextel J2ME phones and Mobitex Blackberries, the concept of using a software token on a wireless device faced one crucial issue:  very few companies had broad, company-wide deployments of wireless devices.  We spoke to Bellsouth and Cingular, but met a lot of resistance.  The info sec people there didn't want to risk choosing a start-up with a new two-factor authentication technology.  The other failing effort we made was targeting law firms, where each partner carried a Blackberry.  We made the argument that law firms should adopt two-factor authentication because they would be targeted for their client's information and maintaining security would help keep customers.  At the same time, lawyers needed access to information.  Did they bite? Not so much.

VDI requires two-factor authentication

Users are increasingly connecting their own devices to the corporate network. despite policy that may forbid it.  CIOs are "embracing and extending" this movement by providing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).  Essentially they are saying "You can have whatever device you pay for as long as it goes through our control system.   This article has a nice overview of the security requirements for rolling out VDI, including, of course, two-factor authentication.

WiKID Strong Authentication Community Edition on the Amazon Cloud

We have created a public AMI version of the WiKID Strong Authentication System for Amazon's EC2 cloud offering.  While it is quite simple to install WiKID on a Redhat or Ubuntu linux AMI, we hope that this will make it even easier for people to learn about two-factor authentication.  

2-factor for Ubuntu just got easier

It's been busy around here.  Today we finally released our WiKID Strong Authentication server .debs for Ubuntu.  These packages have the same functionality as the RPMs, except that we don't currently have replication working (another story altogether).

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