SOURCE: PhoneFactor


August 16, 2011 09:30 ET

PhoneFactor Wins 2011 Golden Bridge Award for Innovation in Cloud Authentication

OVERLAND PARK, KS--(Marketwire - Aug 16, 2011) - PhoneFactor, the leading global provider of phone-based authentication, today announced that it has received the 2011 Golden Bridge Award for Innovation in Cloud Authentication. The highly regarded annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the best products and innovations from around the world.

PhoneFactor secures access to cloud services by adding a critical second layer of authentication. In addition to a user name and password, users respond to an automated phone call or text message from PhoneFactor to login. PhoneFactor is ideal for cloud security because it works instantly with any phone anywhere in the world. There are no security tokens or other devices to purchase, provision, and maintain, and no software or certificates for end users to install. As a result, PhoneFactor can be quickly and economically deployed to large numbers of cloud services users around the globe.

"Authentication is a significant and growing concern among cloud service providers and their customers, most of whom recognize that passwords alone do not provide sufficient protection," notes Steve Dispensa, PhoneFactor CTO. "We are pleased to be honored with this Golden Bridge Award, which validates PhoneFactor's innovative approach to securing access to cloud services with phone-based two-factor authentication."

PhoneFactor offers a number of integration options for rapid implementation and maximum flexibility. For cloud service providers, PhoneFactor offers direct integration with Internet Information Server (IIS), web plug-ins for Java and .Net, and a web services SDK. For organizations leveraging cloud services, built-in support for SAML enables PhoneFactor to serve as the identity provider to cloud services, such as Google and among others. When configured for SAML, PhoneFactor can provide federated two-factor authentication for the myriad of cloud services that support SAML.

In addition, PhoneFactor supports authentication to applications like Outlook Web Access, remote access VPNs, and websites, allowing a single authentication system for all applications regardless of whether they are hosted on-premise or in the cloud. PhoneFactor is also widely deployed to secure online banking logins and transactions.

About the Golden Bridge Awards
Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring Best Companies of all types and sizes in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America, Best Products, Innovations, Management and Teams, Women in Business and the Professions, and PR and Marketing Campaigns from all over the world. Learn more about The Golden Bridge Awards at

About PhoneFactor
PhoneFactor is a leading provider of multi-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 healthcare, enterprise, banking, and website applications. PhoneFactor has been named to the Bank Technology News FutureNow list and recently earned a prestigious five stars in the SC Magazine multi-factor authentication group test. Learn more at follow PhoneFactor on twitter at @phonefactor.

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