Authentication agents are software applications that securely pass user authentication requests to and from RSA Authentication Manager. Authentication agents are installed on each machine, such as a domain server, web server, or a personal computer, that you protect with Authentication Manager.
For example, agent software residing on a web server intercepts all user requests for access to protected web pages. When a user attempts to access a protected URL, the agent requests the User ID and passcode and passes the User ID and passcode to the Authentication Manager for authentication. If the authentication is successful, the user is granted access to protected web pages.
Different types of authentication agents protect different types of resources. For example, to protect an Apache Web server, you need the current version of RSA Authentication Agent for Web for Apache. You may also purchase products that contain embedded RSA Authentication Agent software. The software is embedded in a number of products, such as remote access servers, firewalls, and web servers. Information about implementing such devices is available from the RSA Ready Partner Program website. For more information, see www.rsaready.com.
Note: Risk-based authentication (RBA) only works with web-based authentication agents.