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PhoneFactor - Two-Factor Authentication

September 14, 2010 09:00 ET

PhoneFactor Is Verified as Citrix Ready

PhoneFactor's Simple and Secure Phone-Based Two-Factor Authentication Is Trusted to Enhance Citrix Networking and Virtualization Solutions

OVERLAND PARK, KS--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) -  PhoneFactor, Inc., the leading global provider of phone-based multi-factor authentication services, today announced that its award-winning authentication solution has been verified as Citrix Ready®. The Citrix Ready program helps customers identify third-party solutions that are recommended to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix.

PhoneFactor completed a rigorous verification process for Citrix® XenApp™, which allows delivery of secure applications as a service while providing the flexibility to leverage future application architectures. Now, organizations can easily enable PhoneFactor phone-based authentication to secure Citrix logins with the assurance that the integration will be compatible. PhoneFactor has numerous customers utilizing Citrix implementations to securely access data and applications, including leading healthcare, banking, and government organizations.

"As our law firm continues to expand, we need reliable and immediate access to sensitive information regardless of where our attorneys are located," notes Sami Fraley, Systems Administrator at Phelan Hallinan & Schmieg, LLP. "It is critical that we have a solution that is easy, not only for our lawyers and legal support, but also for our IT department; we specifically required a product that was immediately compatible with our Citrix implementation."

PhoneFactor makes authenticating user logins simple for both end users and IT departments by leveraging something every user already has -- a phone. With PhoneFactor, a user logs into Citrix with a username and password. Instantly, his phone rings. He answers, presses # (or enters an optional PIN), and is immediately granted access. PhoneFactor also offers two-factor authentication by sms text message and a voice biometric option. Seamless, built-in integration with Citrix allows for rapid implementation, and directory integration automates user enrollment and support.

The Citrix Ready program makes it easy for customers to identify complementary products and solutions that can enhance Citrix environments. Customers can be confident that PhoneFactor has successfully passed a series of tests established by Citrix, and can be trusted to work effectively.

"As more organizations move critical applications to the cloud, two-factor authentication becomes a critical requirement," remarks Steve Dispensa, PhoneFactor CTO and co-founder. "We are pleased to be part of the Citrix Ready program -- Citrix users can be confident that they have a proven solution in PhoneFactor."

About the Citrix Ready Program
The Citrix Ready program identifies verified solutions that are trusted to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix, including Citrix® XenDesktop®, XenApp™, XenServer®, NetScaler® and GoToMeeting®. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third party products that have successfully met verification criteria set by Citrix, and gives customers an added confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution offering. The Citrix Ready program leverages industry-leading alliances across the Citrix partner eco-system to meet a wide variety of customer needs, and currently incorporates over 2,800 partners who have demonstrated more than 18,000 product verifications. It also includes the Citrix Ready Community Verified program which allows customers to see thousands of products that have been verified by other customers to work in their production environments. The Citrix Ready program received the Alliance Excellence Award from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) for creating a strong community through implementation of new, innovative best practices. More information about the Citrix Ready program can be found at Reach Citrix Ready using social media via the Citrix Ready blog site and Twitter.

About PhoneFactor
PhoneFactor is a leading provider of two-factor authentication. The company's award-winning platform uses any phone as a second form of authentication. PhoneFactor's out-of-band architecture and real-time fraud alerts provide strong security for enterprise and consumer applications. It's 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. Learn more at

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