Authentication and encryption in one

AST Products, a division of the AST Group, has launched Rainbow Technologies' NetSwift iGate Web-based security system, which, the company says, combines authentication and encryption capabilities -- aiming to allow users to access a business's secured browser-based applications with only an iKey and a PIN number.

"Traditionally, when a remote user needed to access company resources, the PC would be equipped with software allowing him access to a VPN," says Bryce Thorrold of AST Products. "A traditional VPN secures the transmission of all data between the remote PC and the organization's network, but the method can be cumbersome and expensive."

The NetSwift iGate, according to the company, is an alternative to a VPN, and creates an instant private Web -- a secure tunnel that protects the interaction and the application content. "It is dropped behind the firewall without any additional system integration or reconfiguration, and therefore cuts costs, time and the need for ICT support," Thorrold adds.

He adds that the NetSwift iGate uses SSL acceleration to encrypt Web content from the point where it leaves a company's protected space until it is viewed at a remote user's desktop.

The identity is verified, says the company, through a process called two-factor authentication, requiring users to insert a small authentication key into their PC's USB port, and to enter a numeric code. Once the key is removed, the user is automatically shut out of the secure applications, according to the company.

AST Products notes that access rights can be very specific and restricting, but users' access information is contained within the NetSwift iGate, allowing ICT personnel to remove and grant access for all users in one location.

The company says that the product can also be used internally to restrict unauthorized users from entering secure areas in the system or to verify users for software licence management. It concludes that this security system will also assist in improving login speed.

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