RSA enhances secure access for Microsoft cloud

RSA SecurID now integrates with Microsoft security token for secure access to 365 cloud service

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RSA enhances secure access for Microsoft cloud The RSA solution will help companies keep access to Microsoft cloud services secure.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 20, 2011

RSA has enhanced its multi-factor authentication solution, RSA SecurID, to help secure users access to Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service.

The SecurID solution can now be integrated with the Microsoft Windows Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 (AD FS 2.0), which will allow organisations to have strong, multi-factor authentication to securely access the Microsoft cloud service.

Microsoft AD FS 2.0 is a security token service (STS) that enables identity federation across multiple IT systems and across organizations by centralizing user authentication, authorization and single sign-on to Web applications and services.

"AD FS 2.0 allows our customers to extend their identity capabilities across organizations, as well as connecting their on-premises identities to cloud services," said Samuel Devasahayam, principal program manager lead, Active Directory, at Microsoft. "Identity federation is strategic to Microsoft, and we are excited to work with RSA to give customers supplemental levels of security for identity federation with AD FS 2.0

"RSA SecurID technology is the gold standard in authentication and is designed to provide very high levels of access security," said Sam Curry, CTO of Identity and Data Protection for RSA, The Security Division of EMC. "By deploying RSA SecurID authentication with a service like Microsoft AD FS 2.0, it extends RSA's premier authentication control and management to virtually any enterprise resource connected to the cloud.  Organizations can take advantage of the Microsoft Office 365 services to support use cases for cloud-based collaboration, while at the same time protecting sensitive company information by requiring secure authentication of end users. This level of integration provides added confidence in the secure migration to cloud services."

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