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LyncShield Brings Added Security and Connectivity

November 12, 2014

Collaboration and communication tools are surging in today’s business ecosystem. No matter the industry, collaboration tools like Lync are used to ensure employees are sharing, discussing and working together to improve company productivity and efficiency. Here comes the catch: what about security?

The verification process is integral to enterprises; office communications may contain sensitive or proprietary information. Typically, AD credentials are required to sign in to a Lync conference but with a new LyncShield offering this process stayed just as safe but became a whole lot easier.

The new offering supplies the user with alternate authentification options. Enterprises leveraging the RSA (News - Alert) SecurID Authenticator device or one time password (OTP) have had issues when using Lync. LyncShield’s new solution allows for desktop and mobile users to connect to Lync without the use of AD credentials. Instead, one uses their RSA token and two factor authentification (TFA) is put into action.

LyncShield requires each user to register within a self-service portal, this adds an additional layer of security ensuring that only registered devices can connect. Once registered, one’s RSA token is all that is needed for Lync connectivity.

According to a recent Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert) study, the global OTP market is projected to reach $1.2 billion by 2017 and is experiencing annual growth of 7.5 percent.

"The market for security tokens is constantly growing, requiring organizations, that use Lync to look for new security solutions," said Guy Eldan, CEO of AGAT Software Solutions, which developed LyncShield. "After we launched a special solution for smart card mobile authentication, it was only natural to add another special solution for security tokens."   

Security is something not to be toyed with today, as stolen or misused data can spell disaster for any enterprise. So, while unified communications (UC) solutions have permeated the enterprise landscape make sure to cover your bases. 

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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