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Entrust integrates 3M biometrics into ID solution

Fingerprint authentication introduced to IdentityGuard platform

With increasing demand for two-factor authentication solutions, Entrust argues that organisations must balance security and usability.
With increasing demand for two-factor authentication solutions, Entrust argues that organisations must balance security and usability.

Identity-based security specialist Entrust, Inc this week announced it will collaborate with biometric solutions vendor 3M Cogent to integrate biometric fingerprint authentication into Entrust's IdentityGuard software authentication platform.

The resultant solution will allow organisations to leverage fingerprint biometrics to authenticate users for logical access to workstations.

Entrust is embedding 3M Cogent fingerprint capture and verification technology, which the company will make available to both new and current Entrust IdentityGuard customers that subscribe to software maintenance support services.

"Entrust and 3M share the same standards and vision for authenticating identities," said Entrust president Dave Wagner. "Integrating proven 3M biometric authentication is another step in the platform's evolution - a stride that continues our focus on properly protecting customer identities."

With increasing demand for two-factor authentication solutions, Entrust argues that organisations must balance security and usability. The company hopes that the addition of 3M Cogent's biometric solution to the IdentityGuard portfolio will allow the streamlining of secure access to both cloud and internal systems.

"Entrust and 3M have complementary offerings in the identity management marketplace - from digital certificate management to identity document issuance solutions," said Teresa Wu, who manages the global biometric portfolio for 3M Cogent. "We will leverage our respective strengths and expertise to expand biometric capability within the Entrust IdentityGuard authentication platform to help customers deploy solutions that match their budget, users and security needs."