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Smartphones take center stage in two-factor authentication schemes

SecureAuth IdP wins test of 8 software-based authentication systems that deliver enterprise-level security

By David Strom, Network World
May 20, 2013 06:01 AM ET

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In addition to the complex software collection, there is an equally complex pricing scheme. You have three grades of server software: the standard level (which doesn't include any agents), the gold level (which has a few of them along with high availability support) and the enterprise level (which includes all connectors).

The cost for a 100 token configuration includes a 100-user license for the enterprise version of Identikey, including maintenance, is $14,944, which is the most expensive product in the test set.
Strom is the founding editor-in-chief of Network Computing magazine and has written thousands of magazine articles and two books on various IT and networking topics. His blog can be found at and you can follow him on Twitter @dstrom. He lives in St. Louis.

How we tested two-factor authentication products

We asked vendors to submit a soft token based identity management service that made use of the SMS-based phone network, a smartphone app, or some other mechanism, other than the traditional hardware token. We tested these tokens in a variety of situations, such as logins to a VPN, a Web service, and Microsoft Windows Active Directory and Internet Information servers. Where we needed to install software, we used either a Windows XP or Windows 2008 Server as well as a Windows Server 2008 running in's cloud-based service. We also used two AT&T cell phones: an iPhone 4S and an Android LG Optimus G to run various apps from each vendor.

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