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Cloud Security and Strong Authentication

I wholeheartedly agree with Fran Rosch's comment that the industry must move to stronger authentication technologies. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that simple User ID and Password (including strong passwords) offer very little to no security when it comes to protecting digital assets. 

The complexity and frequency of cyber threats today call for companies to consider a new breed of strong authentication - one that strives to validate the user and not just the device. One-time-passwords (OTP) delivered through unique (individually assigned) tokens have been around for a while. Fran argues correctly that infrastructure costs limited the wide spread use of such token based OTP. The infrastructure costs may have been addressed with a Cloud based offering of OTP, but what about the usability of such token based OTP? People lose or forget physical devices. People damage physical devices. I speak from personal experience having learned from my own internal customer base. 

Why not rely of technology that requires no tokens what so ever? No Plastic tokens, USB drives, SMS-enabled devices or software running on mobile devices. A strong authentication solution that is more than two-factor and delivers true multifactor authentication with zero distribution and end user management costs is what enterprises should look for when having to scale solutions globally and across a large user base.

Bharat Nair is Vice President of Business Development at Delfigo Security, www.delfigosecurity.com, Boston, MA. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 1.617.248.6501. You can now follow Delfigo Security news and articles on twitter (@delfigo).