At a time when passwords are routinely compromised, interest in other forms of authentication has never been higher. The real challenge is finding a way to manage all the forms that authentication is likely to take.
With that issue in mind, Identity Automation, a provider of identity and access management (IAM) software, has moved to acquire 2FA, a provider of multi-factor authentication and single sign-on software.
Identity Automation CEO James Litton says the goal is to provide IT organizations with a platform capable of managing the complete identity verification lifecycle spanning everything from passwords to the nine different types of authentication many organizations already employ.
Involving everything from text messages sent via mobile phones to smart card readers, Litton says, it’s now clear to everyone that different types of assets require different levels of security. The days when IT organizations could apply a universal method to determine identity by relying on passwords alone are long over, says Litton.
“We’re going to focus on providing full lifecycle management across all forms of identity management,” says Litton.
In fact, now that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has thrown doubt on the effectiveness of two-factor authentication, many more IT organizations will soon find themselves trying to manage more complex forms of multi-factor authentication.
It may take a while for Identity Automation to combine the assets of the two companies to create that universal identity management platform. But for IT organizations struggling with multiple forms of identity management technologies, it probably can’t come soon enough.