U2F integration now an additional MFA option with The OptimalCloud.  

Tampa, FL, August 15, 2018 – Optimal IdM, a leading provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, now supports Universal Second Factor (U2F) as a second factor authentication method. U2F is a FIDO (Fast ID Online) standards-based, open protocol used for strong authentication. FIDO specifications are developed by the FIDO Alliance, a non-profit organization that seeks to standardize authentication at the client and protocol layers.

U2F requires a FIDO Alliance supported USB or NFC connected hardware device, also known as a key, and a supported browser. Optimal IdM supports multi-factor authentication (MFA) as a self-service credential option. A verified user simply registers a device, then a confirmation step is performed to verify the device is associated with the correct user. Once complete, the user is setup and ready for MFA challenges.

“U2F will likely gain popularity because of its native integration into popular browsers without the need of special software drivers or additional downloaded software,” said John Maring, COO & Managing Partner at Optimal IdM. “Our offering also makes sure your helpdesk doesn’t get bogged down with onboarding requests.”

MFA options are important because strong authentication choices can mitigate a majority of breeches. MFA is associated with mitigating phishing attacks, man-in-the-middle attacks, and the compromise of a privileged user account for example.

Optimal IdM offers MFA as a service on top of the Virtual Directory Server (VIS) for on-premises applications, as an optional part of The OptimalCloud™ SSO Federation offering, or a hybrid solution supporting both on-premises applications, SaaS applications and others. Optimal IdM also supports adaptive authentication (sometimes known as risk-based authentication or context-aware authentication) to provide step-up MFA challenges customized to unique business and regulatory compliance needs.

About Optimal IdM Optimal IdM is a global provider of innovative and affordable identity access management solutions. Optimal IdM partners with clients to provide comprehensive, fully customizable enterprise level solutions that meet the specific security and scalability needs of their organizations. Optimal IdM offers its solutions both on premise and in the cloud as a 100% managed service offering. Customers include Fortune 1000 companies, as well as federal, state and local government agencies all over the world. Founded in 2005, Optimal IdM is privately held and has been profitable in every quarter since inception. Visit optimalidm.com for more information. 


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