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New solution for remote, two-factor, emergency authentication using mobile phones

Reading, 24 April 2007 – Maintaining business continuity and productivity in the face of an emergency has just become easier thanks to the new SecurICE service from SecurEnvoy. SecurICE is based on SecurEnvoy’s easy-to-use and cost-effective two-factor authentication solution that transforms mobile phones into virtual tokens, validating users and providing an extra layer of security for remote access to corporate networks. It enables organisations to turn on strong authentication immediately for all users following a disaster or accident - without the need for expensive tokens or smartcards.

SecurICE provides a second level of user authentication by sending a passcode to employees’ mobile phones. When users wish to log on to the network remotely, they enter their usual Microsoft User ID and password, and then the passcode from SecurICE. Once the passcode has been used, it cannot be used again and is automatically overwritten by a new one sent to the phone. This minimises any vulnerabilities in the network and prevents attacks from keyloggers and hackers.

In an emergency, SecurICE sends passcodes to the entire organisation or a pre-identified group of employees with one click of SecurEnvoy’s Deployment Wizard. SecurICE users do not need to enrol themselves, remember an additional PIN or password, or carry extra tokens or smartcards. There is no need to install additional software onto mobile phones, and the system is unaffected by SMS delays or signal loss. Organisations can pre-send the first required passcode which eliminates any problems caused by network delays or intermittent signal areas.

Adam Bruce, UK channel manager of SecurEnvoy says: “An emergency situation is when the need for secure access is extremely high: more people than usual need to log on remotely, but corporate defences are at their weakest, while the threat from attack is at its greatest. SecurICE enables our clients to access the network securely at a time when many companies make themselves vulnerable by adding users to the system without adequate authentication.

“It’s also a highly cost effective, user-friendly solution, with no extra hardware to deploy, distribute and regularly replace, and no need for lengthy, productivity-draining training sessions. No other vendor can offer such a simple, elegant and effective solution – we’re very proud to be delivering the next level of authentication now.”

SecurICE works with any GSM-based mobile phone. The server integrates directly into Microsoft Active Directory and other common directories servers via LDAP. It protects applications that run on Microsoft IIS, and supports all known VPN servers and any system that includes a Radius client.


About SecurEnvoy

SecurEnvoy Ltd is a leading security technology company developing pioneering software for authentication solutions. Its current products include mobile two-factor authentication mechanisms for remote access, securing email and Microsoft Windows password management.

SecurEnvoy’s aim is to be the dominant supplier of two-factor authentication solutions by designing and supporting innovative systems that are ahead of the competition in terms of cost, usability and support. The company has four patents pending, and four applications within its tokenless two-factor authentication suite.

Established in 2000, SecurEnvoy has its head office in Theale (Reading) from which its serves UK and European customers.

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Catherine Eyres
SPARX Communications
Tel: 01753 893000

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