Review: SecuriKey Authentication System Professional Version

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The SecuriKey Authentication System (Professional Version 1.2) is a straightforward product which supplements a conventional password with a USB token key to provide two-factor authentication.

The SecuriKey Authentication System (Professional Version 1.2) is a straightforward product which supplements a conventional password with a USB token key to provide two-factor authentication.

It is targeted at a Windows 2000/XP environment, although it has been tested with Novell Netware.

The supplied USB keys are very robust and come equipped with an integral key ring, so they can be easily appended to the users existing physical keys. The supporting software is in the form of the Security Administration Manager, a snap-in to the Microsoft Management Console and the client software, which may be installed individually from the CD-Rom or via the network.

An additional 'corporate' key is provided in the form of a parallel port dongle.

The concept is simple enough.

Add a physical token (something you possess) to a password (something you know) to provide an additional level of authentication.

The implementation of this concept is similarly straightforward with the SecuriKey product from Griffin Technologies. Simply set up the tokens for each user account and decide on the basic functionality.

For example, if the USB token is removed from the port, would you prefer the workstation to be locked, suspended or shut down? Or maybe that the user is logged off? Such options are easily set for each user from within the Security Administration Manager.

There is a mini-booklet provided and a succinct help file, which, while useful enough, on balance we think could be a little more expansive and perhaps offer a little more background and practical advice.

However, the help file is clearly presented and does cover everything you need to get up and running.

Installation is not intuitive and may confuse if undertaken out of sequence. Reading the booklet and help file in advance will help you through.

This straightforward 'no frills' product does exactly what it said it should, and it represents a good introduction to the concept of two factor authentication. It will be easily understood and managed.

For:

Easy configuration, portable tokens.


Against:

Installation could be a little more intuitive.


Verdict:

A straightforward, two-factor authentication solution.

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