SOURCE: Arcot Systems, Inc.

July 14, 2008 08:30 ET

Arcot Authentication On-Demand Now Available on the Force.com AppExchange From Salesforce.com

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - Arcot Systems today announced the availability of its Arcot A-OK On-Demand multi-factor authentication and single sign-on service on the Force.com AppExchange from salesforce.com. Built using the Force.com platform, the service is Force.com AppExchange certified and immediately available for deployment at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange/.

The Arcot A-OK On-Demand service verifies and protects online identities and data of Salesforce CRM and other SaaS applications with an extra layer of access security. It guards Salesforce CRM users with a transparent software credential, the ArcotID, that is unique to each individual. With secure single sign-on users will have one password that, when combined with the ArcotID, will allow secure access to any SaaS application.

"One organization-wide ArcotID grants access to all SaaS applications," said Ram Varadarajan, CEO of Arcot Systems. "In addition to the ease of getting A-OK from the Force.com AppExchange, users get the added benefit of having one convenient password for logging into Salesforce CRM, Google Apps and all of their other SaaS applications."

Arcot is already a global leader in on-demand authentication for online payment with 10 years of experience protecting 20 million cardholders in the Verified by Visa, MasterCard SecureCode and JCB J/Secure programs. Arcot A-OK customers will benefit from the same SAS 70 certified, PCI DSS-compliant hosting infrastructure, behind the on-demand authentication service.

"Many of our customers are interested in the convenience of single sign-on with something stronger than passwords for logins, but they want the same anytime, anywhere access they enjoy with Salesforce CRM today," said Clarence So, chief marketing officer, salesforce.com. "Now, salesforce.com customers can visit the Force.com AppExchange to take advantage of Arcot's unique approach -- users will continue to login as always using usernames and passwords, but with the added security of authentication underneath."

A-OK On-Demand can help protect Salesforce CRM users from phishing, man-in-the-middle and other Internet attacks. It is transparent to users, who continue to login as they always have with their familiar username and password. There are no tokens or cards to carry and A-OK On-Demand installs in minutes using standard Salesforce CRM admin interfaces. The price of one dollar per user per month includes 24 x 7 email and telephone support.

Arcot hosts all the components necessary to deliver Arcot A-OK On-Demand in its data center, eliminating the need for customers to install, manage or maintain any hardware or software on their own servers. In addition to its on-demand service, Arcot offers in-house authentication solutions for clients who want to host the software themselves, and delivers authentication and digital signature services for on-demand applications.

Force.com Platform and the AppExchange

Force.com (http://www.force.com/) reinvents the traditional development, deployment and distribution of any business application with platform-as-a-service. Developers, customers and partners can use Force.com to easily create a new generation of on-demand applications and deploy them worldwide as a service. Force.com allows applications to be easily shared, exchanged and installed with a few simple clicks via the Force.com AppExchange marketplace, enabling all the innovation that Force.com unleashes to be easily distributed to the entire on-demand community.

The AppExchange economy continues to expand, with thousands of customers installing applications via the Force.com AppExchange. Customers of all sizes can quickly and easily extend Salesforce with additional on-demand business applications available on the Force.com AppExchange, found at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange/.

About Arcot Systems

Arcot Systems is a leading provider of risk-based authentication, strong authentication, digital signing and cardholder authentication solutions. Arcot's offerings are delivered using the Software-as-a-Service model or can be installed in an organization's IT environment. One organization-wide Arcot ID protects access to both on-premise and in-the-cloud applications. Its software-only authentication solutions are transparent to the user providing strong authentication with the simplicity of a username/password. This eliminates the need for hardware tokens and complex login processes. The technology successfully defends against Internet threats including phishing, man-in-the-middle and spyware. Arcot solutions are compliant with U.S. and international standards including 3-D Secure, SAML, OpenID, CardSpace, IdenTrust, SAFE and FFIEC Internet Banking Authentication recommendations.

For more information visit www.arcot.com.

Salesforce.com and AppExchange are trademarks of salesforce.com, inc. Google Apps is a trademark of Google, Inc. Arcot and ArcotID are registered trademarks and A-OK On-Demand is a trademark of Arcot Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners, and are used for identification purposes only.

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