Can you answer these three smart business questions about authentication?

Strong authentication has been available to businesses and consumers for a while. As a result, users and business leaders have become smarter about how they want to use this technology. If you are part of an IT organization, you need to know more than they do. You need to be their trusted advisor.  As a provider of authentication solutions, McAfee is here to help.  And we believe there are three questions about authentication you should be asking and prepared to answer.

First, we hear business leaders asking deeper questions about Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). As they become more sophisticated about saving costs, they want to go beyond initial CapEx and support contract numbers.  They are thinking longer-term and asking about value. Many of their first questions are about a solution’s time-to-value and its automated deployment and self-service enrollment capabilities.

Second, both business and technical leaders are aware that the true value of a solution includes how well it works within their existing environment. With authentication as a key component to any security strategy, compatibility, integration and interconnectivity are words we encounter more and more during Q&A sessions.

Finally, both users and leaders know that not everyone uses the same technology in exactly the same way. For a security solution, value is achieved only if the solution is actually used. Ease-of-use and choice-of-use for users is key. And at the Center of Expertise, we are also users of this technology and ask these questions daily.

With our latest release of McAfee One Time Password 4.0, we’ve kept your questions in mind.  We want to offer you what you need to be the trusted advisor who can answer these questions and deliver solutions for:

  • Improved time-to-value. Contain administrative and support costs with automated enrollment and token management self-service.  And as part of our Security Connected approach, administrators can now use McAfee ePO to mass distribute our software token application, Pledge, across your enterprise.
  • More integration and interconnectivity. In addition to ePO, we now support the Microsoft Remote Desktop Web Connection and Outlook Web App. This is an example of our strategy to work with your environment and add value via integration with common VPN, virtual desktop and web and cloud-based applications and solutions. We’ve also added token migration support in case you need to migrate gracefully from a legacy solution and want to allow both solutions to co-exist.
  • More choice.  With version 4.0, the administrator can grant users the ability to manage and customize their preferred set of authentication methods available at login time. By offering users more ways to customize their experience, we’re hoping it will be easier for admins to manage and support the solution, and for users to actually use it.

If there is a way we can help you be the trusted advisor, let us know. And we welcome you to try our solution.  If you have questions, feel free to comment here or open an interactive chat with us at the Center now by using our Click-to-Consult option.

You can also learn more by registering for and attending our upcoming McAfee Identity Center of Expertise webcasts on One Time Password.  My colleague will be presenting a solution overview, product demonstration and will answer your questions live:

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Time: 3:00 PM CET

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Time: 8:00 AM PT

Thursday, July 11, 2013 Time: 3:00 PM CET

Thursday, July 25, 2013 Time: 8:00 AM PT

It is not only the technology that is going forward, people are too.

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