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ActiveEdge Authentication adds additional layer of security to Star’s Virtual Private Cloud offering

London, 27th October – Star, a provider of on-demand cloud computing and communication services to UK businesses, today announcedthe launch of ActiveEdgeAuthentication. The service providesbusinessusers with an additional layer of security on top of their existing username and password combination. The on-demand, hosted authentication service will drastically reducerisk of online attacks while providing remote workers with cost-effective and reliable access to corporate data from any device.

Several high profile security breaches,including the Sony PlayStation hack and the more recent Betfair saga, where names, birth dates, emails, phone numbers and passwords were stolen have highlighted the sensitivity around the issue of how service providers protect their customerdata and theneed to secureinformation for consumers and businesses alike.This, and the fact that Cyber crime costs the UK economy £27bn a year (according to the UK Government), emphasises the need for increasingly robust security measures.

The challenge facing most medium sized UK companies wanting to offer their staff the same level of security as their enterprise counterparts is the prohibitive cost of buying direct from the vendor and then having to implement, manage and support a solution. Star’s ActiveEdge Authentication is a managed service delivered viaStar’s private cloud platform, optimised for UK businesses. This means, easy to manage monthly payments that can scale up or down depending on the number of users, helping customers to manage their access security costs more easily.

Remote and mobile access, as well as the consumerisation of IT, has accelerated the need for businesses to strengthen the authentication of employeesaccessing the corporate network from any location. Depending on the way in which passwords are generated, they are often not considered safe enough to protect business critical data. In these instances, authentication is thought to be a practical and cost effective way to improve the way organisations protect their sensitive data.

Usually,a key-fob device is used to generate a unique, single-use pass-code, a system similar to that used by many banks today.With ActiveEdgeAuthentication,pass-codes can be sent direct to smartphone applications for iPhone or Blackberryand by SMS, negating the need for hardware tokenswhich also carry cost implications.

Phill Harber, PropositionMarketing Manager at Star said, “ActiveEdge Authentication is the simplest way for businesses to get started and use advanced security measures because we take care of the technical details. This gives our customers enhanced security as a service, without the pain of an up-front purchase and worrying about ongoing support and maintenance. They can add and remove users to match their security requirements, and costs,in line with their needs. The result is a flexible and cost effective option for medium sized UK businesses. As more consumer devices find their way in to the workplace we can help to keep corporate data secure, no matter when or where it is accessed and used.”

About Star

Star provides on-demand computing and communication services to UK businesses. Utilising an advanced cloud computing platform, the company has redefined how business people use and pay for the technology that supports them. Star’s On-demand Business Services™ are easy to use and pay for and are available any time and from anywhere, removing unnecessary costs for hardware, software and ongoing maintenance. Since 1995, when Star was founded, the company has been an Internet technology innovator and pioneered the system for cloud based spam and virus scanning for business email that became MessageLabs.

In the last 16 years Star has established itself as a leading IT and communications service provider of the highest pedigree looking after 3,000 UK business customers and their 500,000 users. Star has UK based data centres that sit within a network and communications capability that forms the basis of the Star Platform, from which a wide range of computing and communication services are delivered to customers. Star has over 250 employees working from offices throughout the UK, providing the highest levels of customer service and support. Star’s technology roadmap will deliver on-demand, cloud computing services to UK businesses who want immediate access to the latest enterprise technologies.

Star Press contacts:

Paul Maher/Emma Naylor
Positive Marketing
Mobile +44 (0)7900 600013
Direct +44 (0) 20 8237 1104 / 0208 237 1107
pmaher@positivemarketing.org




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