Best cost-efficient two-factor authentication
November 08, 2016

Best cost-efficient two-factor authentication

Raghuvaran Chowda | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with RSA SecurID

The organization that I have previously worked at uses SecurID as a second level of authentication when accessing company resources viz., E-mail, business portals. It's also used at the network boundary i.e, before giving VPN access they should be already SecurID authenticated. RSA SecurID is used by whole organization, mostly by those departments whose work is on field and by those who frequently have to connect to company resources from remote sites.

As far as my knowledge is concerned, RSA SecurID is highly secure way of connecting to organization intranet. It eliminates any passwords hacking or stolen passwords problems.

Pros

  • It secures one's identity by enabling a secure password/passcode that comprises of something they know (PIN) and something they have (SecurID token).
  • Two factor authentication is always important as the reasons like stolen passwords are increasingly becoming serious causes for identity theft
  • On the other hand, the un-crackable algorithm that EMC has built into RSA SecurID tokens, fills confidence in people that their identity is never stolen

Cons

  • It is quite a bit difficult to pull out usage statistics of RSA SecurID tokens and its users from archived logs.
  • In the name of security, a few things like automated user creations and other user/token manipulations have been made a little complex when compared to its older version like 6.1 & 7.1
  • Database migration with users (on-Demand-token users) from its older version to 8.x is a big hassle, could have been better if the complexity is eliminated
  • For an Organization whose employees are spread across the globe, it is a great return on Investment to make sure its employees are able to access its resources remotely and securely.
  • For large organization with workforce >10000, it is definitely good return on Investment as there are no such cost-effective, manageable and efficient authentication products available to compete with it.
  • For small organization with workforce <200, it is reasonably expensive
It is well suited for businesses where the organizations have to still serve their employees who are retired from their duties, by providing on-Demand-tokens (least expensive, but not highly reliable) as well as its professionals or remote-employees by providing them with hardware and software tokens (which are highly reliable and maintained).

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