ISLANDIA, N.Y., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CA Technologies (Nasdaq: CA) is offering all RSA SecurID® token customers an opportunity to trade their RSA tokens for CA ArcotID secure software credentials in a one-for-one swap.
For each RSA SecurID token, CA Technologies will provide a three-year enterprise license for the CA ArcotID software credential, including the CA Arcot WebFort authentication server. The only cost to the customer making the switch is maintenance. The program is in effect until Sept. 30, 2011.
"Hardware tokens are a security mechanism whose time has expired. The inconvenience of carrying an additional key fob or device for today's increasingly mobile workforce is not practical, and the difficulty of remediation in case of a hardware token breach can be overwhelming," said Ram Varadarajan, general manager for CA Arcot Security Solutions, CA Technologies. "For the past 13 years, the Arcot technology has delivered advanced authentication using secure software credentials as a proven alternative to hardware tokens. CA ArcotID, with nearly 30 million users, offers increased flexibility and simplicity of deployment, without sacrificing security."
There are significant advantages to using the CA ArcotID secure software credential versus standalone hardware tokens for advanced authentication:
Simple deployment and management – The CA ArcotID software credential can be easily and securely downloaded and deployed using patented cryptographic camouflage technology. This is more efficient than a hardware token which must be manufactured, physically distributed to the customer site, and then delivered to the end-user. In addition, in the event of a security breach, a software-based authentication approach provides a speed advantage by allowing organizations to immediately reset the credential. Users would then self-provision a new, and potentially larger, private key the next time they log in. If a hardware token is compromised, the situation could require deploying a new token, which would require the vendor's assistance and could be a costly, time-consuming and inefficient process.
Flexibility – The CA ArcotID software credential works across multiple applications and environments, and it scales to support millions of users. Organizations also have the flexibility to store the CA ArcotID software credential on any supported client device, such as a PC, notebook, tablet device or smartphone.
Uncompromised Security – The CA ArcotID software credential combines a standard x.509v3 digital certificate with patented cryptographic camouflage private key concealment technology to allow users to authenticate securely. In addition, each organization creates, manages and stores its own private keys for all its CA ArcotID users. CA Technologies holds no information about any individual software credentials, thereby reducing the risk of compromising customer data.
Customers who take advantage of this offer can benefit from a Rapid Implementation Service that includes basic workflows and templates for downloading the credential and server, and setting up a typical configuration. If a customer requires a more customized implementation, additional services are available from CA Technologies or its partners.
CA Technologies will host a Webcast, "SecurID® Breach: Restoring Strong Authentication for Your Applications," on Wednesday, March 30 at 1 p.m. ET. Jim Reno, principal security architect, CA Technologies, will discuss authentication best practices and ways to help reduce risk and secure your authentication process. Register for the Webcast at http://www.ca.com/us/lpg/forms/na/sre/26033_29603.aspx.
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