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Regardless of where you live or which generation you belong to, there’s no denying the fact that the way in which we all work and interact has become more automated, more digital and more mobile, and digital transformation is only hastening this trend. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all work spaces.

Part of business’ digital transformation initiatives is to empower their dynamic workforce to work remotely from anywhere.  Not only this allows flexibility to the workforce but also increases productivity for the business.  Additionally, empowering the dynamic workforce to work remotely, allows the business to mitigate any challenges that would come in the way for the workforce to physically come into a facility


Given a number of circumstances, employees are expressing increased interest in working from home. Organizations must therefore find a way to securely extend the convenience of working remotely.


For over three decades, RSA SecurID® Access has been doing just that.  RSA SecurID Access, enables businesses to empower employees, part-time workers, partners and contractors to work remotely without compromising security or convenience. Embracing the security challenges of today, bring your own device, and mobile, RSA SecurID Access ensures that users have timely access to the applications they need—from any device, anywhere and ensures that users are who they say they are, with a modern, convenient user experience. 


The Business Continuity option (BCO) with RSA SecurID Access allows businesses to continue to move forward and operate in challenging times.  Business Continuity option provides a flexible method to expand the number of users in an organization without expanding their multi-factor authentication budget.  It offers peace of mind to businesses who are looking to temporarily increase their usage of RSA SecurID Access to accommodate the rapid increase of users working remotely.   There is no physical shipping of licenses or authenticators.  Authentication services including one-time-password (OTP) and short message service (SMS) come standard with the business continuity option.  With BCO, businesses can be assured that their employees are able to work remote and do so securely. 


RSA is in the business of offering peace of mind with its security solutions to help businesses move forward.  As we know it, life happens, and RSA is here to support our customers through it. 


To learn more about the Business Continuity option with RSA SecurID Access, review the attached datasheet and contact RSA at 800-995-5095 or by contacting RSA Customer Support.

In the past few months we have had conversations with many of you, our RSA SecurID® Access customers, who currently use RSA SecurID Hardware or Software tokens, about your journey to modernize authentication. We have heard you uncover three major themes:

  1. You need a simple, convenient way to extend multifactor authentication (MFA) to more types of users across the organization. Users who are on the go and need a simple and modern MFA experience.

  2. You need a faster, less obtrusive way to enable MFA for your existing users with tokens accessing existing resources protected by RSA SecurID today.

  3. You need to extend authentication to additional access uses cases such as SaaS applications and cloud infrastructure.


We love getting this kind of feedback for you because it helps us create solutions that can help you enable your business to grow securely.

In the upcoming June product release of RSA SecurID Access, an easy and efficient approach to adopting multi-factor authentication allows you to get faster time to value to achieve these goals, without needing to upgrade your existing authentication environment.


What's new?

Users can easily access existing resources protected by SecurID today including Virtual Private Network (VPN), Windows Desktop log-in, Linux/Unix based servers etc, with modern authentication methods including Push to Approve.


How is that done?

RSA SecurID authentication agents intercept access requests from users and direct these requests to the RSA Authentication Manager server for authentication. Once the system verifies users, they are granted access.


What does it mean for the end-users accessing resources?

Users can access RSA SecurID agent-protected resources with a secure and convenient authentication experience by simply entering their existing RSA SecurID PIN and tapping Approve on their registered devices. Or they can enter One-Time Password (OTP) tokencodes generated by the RSA SecurID Authenticate application. There is no need to replace or update your existing agents or RSA Ready products, and users do not need to memorize a new PIN.


What do you need to do to set this up?

Administrators can leverage a new wizard directly from the RSA Authentication Manager (AM) Security Console to set up and configure secure connections between AM and the Cloud Authentication Service. Invite users from the AM Manage Users page to enroll and register for MFA. This not only saves many configuration steps but minimizes training costs by using the AM console that is well known by your administrators and dramatically reduces the time to deploy.


Better Help Desk management?


Help Desk Administrators have a unified view from AM User Dashboard to manage a mixed deployment of tokens / MFA from a single console. This will result in much faster resolution of user help desk calls.


Achieve Faster Compliance at a Lower Cost


Immediately, expand MFA to new use cases and new users. Enable new users to create a PIN + Approve from their mobile device, eliminate passwords and achieve compliance. Lower cost by enabling MFA for third party contractors and suppliers. For token renewals, leverage MFA and lower token provisioning costs.

RSA SecurID® Access Now Locally Hosted for Australia and New Zealand Organizations


Good news for Australia and New Zealand organizations that need to keep critical identity information on-shore: RSA SecurID Access is now locally hosted inside Microsoft Azure data centers in Canberra. Local hosting comes as part of the August 2018 product release, opening the way for more organizations – especially in the areas of government, critical infrastructure and financial services, where local hosting is often a requirement – to benefit from RSA SecurID Access authentication capabilities.


RSA SecurID Access Cloud Authentication Service delivers secure access to the extended enterprise as an on-shore SaaS service, rather than having it hosted outside the region. Local hosting enables organizations to comply with legislation governing data privacy in the region, including the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), as well as with related industry or corporate guidelines. The Microsoft Azure “protected”-level data centers that will provide hosting in Canberra are certified to meet federal security standards and accredited to handle classified defense data.


Any organization based anywhere in the world that has operations in the region can benefit from this development – not just Australia- or New Zealand-based organizations, and not just companies in critical sectors. Hosting locally not only keeps critical identity data on-shore, but also improves network latency locally for faster access to cloud applications.

Whatever the reason for adopting RSA SecurID Access Cloud Authentication Service – regulatory compliance, local control, faster application access – organizations that do will be using the most widely deployed multi-factor authentication solution in the world. RSA SecurID Access multi-factor authentication improves security by thwarting attempts to use stolen credentials while still keeping access convenient for legitimate users. This implementation brings those authentication advantages specifically to cloud application access.


With the addition of local hosting in Canberra, RSA SecurID Access Cloud Authentication Service is now available in three major regions around the globe, having been previously launched in the EU and US.

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