SOURCE: PhoneFactor


January 19, 2010 09:00 ET

PhoneFactor Offers Three-Factor Authentication Using Voice Biometrics

Integrated Voiceprint Verification Services Enable Heightened Security Without High Costs

OVERLAND PARK, KS--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) - PhoneFactor, a leading global provider of multi-factor security services, announced today the availability of biometric verification for its phone-based authentication platform. By leveraging an existing voice channel, the new offering simultaneously verifies something you have, your telephone, and something you are, your voiceprint, for the second and third factors of authentication.

With IT security threats at an all-time high, utilizing three separate factors to authenticate user access is more than a best practice. For many organizations, it is a necessity. However, in most cases a biometric reader, such as a fingerprint scanner, must be installed on each end user's system. The cost and IT resources required to purchase and deploy biometric readers created an often insurmountable challenge.

With PhoneFactor's new offering, no biometric readers are required. The user's voiceprint is simply verified during the PhoneFactor authentication call. The process is simple, secure, and cost-effective.

--  Simple for End Users and IT Administrators - Users simply receive a call
    when logging in. They answer and speak their passphrase to complete the
    login. That's it. For IT administrator, the process of enrolling users is
    equally simple. Voice authentication services can be enabled for all or
    just specific users. Once enabled, users can enroll through the PhoneFactor
    User Portal or during their first authentication call. To complete the
    enrollment, users just record a passphrase.
--  Strong, Reliable Biometric Verification - Like a fingerprint, each
    individual's voice is unique and has characteristics, such as pitch and
    rhythm, which can be mapped and used to verify identity. PhoneFactor's
    proven voice mapping model uses multiple voiceprint algorithms to ensure
    that authorized users can be verified regardless of environmental factors,
    like excess noise or minor voice variations, while keeping unauthorized
    users from being authenticated. The authentication call is out-of-band
    offering protection from man-in-the-middle attacks and keystroke loggers.
--  Low Total Cost of Ownership - Because there are no tokens and no
    biometric readers to buy, deploy, and support, both the initial and ongoing
    costs for PhoneFactor are materially lower than other multi-factor
    authentication systems.

"Utilizing all three factors to authenticate users provides the maximum level of protection," said Steve Dispensa, CTO, PhoneFactor. "PhoneFactor's biometric authentication service makes this easier and more cost effective than ever -- putting greater security within reach of enterprises, banking and financial services organizations, and government agencies."

About PhoneFactor

PhoneFactor is an award-winning multi-factor authentication service that uses any phone as a second form of authentication. Its out-of-band architecture and real-time fraud alerts provide strong security for enterprise and consumer applications. PhoneFactor is easy and cost effective to set up and deploy to large numbers of geographically diverse users. PhoneFactor was recently named to the Bank Technology News FutureNow list of the top 10 technology innovators securing the banking industry today and a finalist in 2010 SC Magazine Reader Trust Awards for Best Multi- and Second-factor Solution.

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