Published November 7, 2013
By Claus E. Kotasek, CEO, SMS PASSCODE
Secure. Flexible. Convenient. To me these three words perfectly describe what to expect of the upcoming release of our platform, and at the same time those words also capture our vision in terms of IT security software. At SMS PASSCODE we are passionate about IT security and passionate about providing our customers with great technology for user authentication. To us, great user authentication is three dimensional:
- It is secure. Offering the most effective combination of multiple factors and contextual information to authenticate your users no matter where they are in the world.
- It is flexible. Delivering protection that is highly configurable to meet the security needs of your business, both now and in the future.
- It is convenient. Providing an extra layer of security that is both helpful and intuitive for your users, and hassle free to maintain by IT.
Today, I am excited to announce the upcoming version 7.0 of our platform, which takes multi-factor authentication to the next level, allowing customers to embrace flexibility like never before by enabling secure access across all devices. You can take a look inside version 7.0 and also be amongst the first to see version 7.0 when we host an exclusive sneak peak webinar before the official release.
Over the coming weeks we will be sharing more details about the features and business benefits this release offers, and this is just the first of many posts on this topic so be sure you subscribe to it and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter as we make more announcements.
Published July 1, 2013
On 28 June 2013 Citrix Systems released version 10.1 of their Citrix NetScaler Application Delivery Controller. This is exciting news for Citrix customers as version 10.1 adds more than 200 new features to an already feature rich product. However there is one particular new feature that we are especially excited about at SMS PASSCODE, and that is the addition of the “Send Calling Station ID” check box in the configuration setup.
This is good news for our Citrix customers since they can now benefit from the SMS PASSCODE Geo IP lookup when authenticating their users. The Geo IP lookup is a powerful and unique feature that allows companies to use IP addresses captured as part of the real-time session specific login process to detect and block advanced threats such as real-time phishing or man-in-the-middle attacks. This is done by applying security policies that as an example blocks login attempts from certain geographic locations, or alerts users with information about their location when they try to login from an ‘untrusted’ location.
Our team has been working with Citrix’s development team for some time to integrate this functionality in their NetScaler product as well. We are pleased to see that our efforts paid off.
We recommend existing Citrix customers to evaluate the potential security and general benefits by upgrading to NetScaler 10.1.
Published May 29, 2013
As a sponsor of the upcoming Citrix Mobility events in June, SMS PASSCODE should like to encourage you to come and join us in Paris, Munich or London. Citrix CEO and President, Mark Tempelton shares their vision for enterprise mobility, based on the simple but powerful idea that work should complement your life, rather than compete with it. This notion goes well in hand with the seamless integration and intuitive yet more secure login process of SMS PASSCODE.
For more information on the individual events and to register visit: http://www.citrixmobility2013.com
Published April 24, 2013
Today, Microsoft validated and released a Microsoft ISV Gold Certification for the latest SMS PASSCODE Version 6 product. At the same time, we released our latest SMS PASSCODE 6.2SP1 that includes the following:
Enhanced SMS PASSCODE Password Reset Module infrastructure
Building on this new popular feature, SMS PASSCODE Version 6.2 SP1 delivers further security enhancements to the Password Reset Web Site and the back-end infrastructure when published for these remote access users. Historically, the two components have resided on the same server, but in SP1, we have separated the two enabling only the Password Reset Web Site to reside in a DMZ and the rest of the Password Reset infrastructure to reside behind the firewall provides better security and flexibility. Specifically, this means that SP1 delivers, a redesign of the Password Reset module splitting it into two components: the Password Reset Web Site and the Password Reset Backend Service.
You may now install both components on the same server, if you wish the same infrastructure as previously, or alternatively install them on separate servers. E.g. you may install the Password Reset Web Site in a DMZ, while installing the Password Reset Backend Service on the LAN side. This will provide better protection of the password reset mechanism, in case the DMZ is compromised.
Remote Desktop Web protection / Windows Server 2012
SMS PASSCODE supports protection of Microsoft Remote Desktop environments on both Windows Server 2008 (x86/x64), Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. This is supported both directly on the RD Session Hosts via SMS PASSCODE Windows Logon Protection or on the RD Web/RD Gateway access level via SMS PASSCODE IIS Web Site Protection. Starting from Windows Server 2012, the RD Gateway infrastrucure has been redesigned which requires Windows Server 2012 to have protection on each Remote Desktop Session host with the SMS PASSCODE Windows Logon Protection component. Please consult the SMS PASSCODE Administrator’s Guide for more details. SP1 includes modifications to accommodate for this configuration change.
Published April 15, 2013
Today, we announced that Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, has named SMS PASSCODE, a Bronze winner of the 2013 Global Excellence Awards in the Authentication Solution category. The security industry celebrated its 9th Annual 2013 Global Excellence Awards in San Francisco by honoring excellence in every facet of the industry including products, people behind the successes and best companies. You can learn more here.
Today, the InfoSecurity Product Guide publication released the finalist for their InfoSecurity Product Guide Excellence Awards and SMS PASSCODE® was listed as a finalist in the Multi, Single or Two-Factor Authentication Solution category. The nomination is based on our Version 6 releases that included the industry’s broadest end-to-end cloud authentication platform and the innovative location aware login process. The location aware security leverages our real-time session specific log-in process to detect the users location at the point of log-in and display this location information in the SMS text message. The location information could also be used to increase or decrease the level of strong authentication based on trusted location contextual information. You can learn more about this award nomination here.
Published January 28, 2013
Tags: citrix, iphone receiver 2.0, multi-factor authentication, sms authentication, sms passcode, sms passcode authentication, sms token, two-factor authentication, VDI, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, XenApp, XenDesktop
Citrix Systems has released the latest version 5.2 of their all-in-one VDI solution. The new release fully supports the latest hypervisors, Microsoft Lync, and Windows Server 2012 virtual desktops. What is interesting to you is the fact that it also includes new Citrix integration technologies, support for CloudGateway StoreFront providing single sign-on and two factor authentication for remote users. As a long-standing Citrix technology partner, we have been anticipating this for a while and it is very good for our joint customers and partners that you now have an easy to implement VDI solution and an equally easy to implement SMS PASSCODE multi-factor solution sending the code via SMS, voice or secure e-mail. You can learn more about the VDI in a box here. You can also see the Cloud Gateway and SMS PASSCODE integrated solution here.