Single sign-on software turns up

RSA Security will announce today the availability of RSA Sign-On Manager to make it easier for users to log in to multiple...

RSA Security will announce today the availability of RSA Sign-On Manager to make it easier for users to log in to multiple applications and simplify corporate password management.

Phil Fulchino, director of product management at RSA, said the product's release had been delayed to allow RSA to make improvements suggested by test customers.

Sign-On Manager is the successor to SecurID Passage and combines RSA's authentication products with single sign-on technology. It stores users' credentials for multiple applications so they only have to log in once. RSA licensed the single sign-on technology from Passlogix.

For extra security the product can accept two-factor authentication such as smartcards, USB authenticators and fingerprint readers, and it supports any x.509 standard digital certificate authority.

The new IntelliAccess component will allow users to reset their password and gain access if they forget their username and password or lose their hardware authenticator.

Fulchino said the initial release of Sign-On Manager would not support SecurID for Windows, but an update next year would. SecurID for Windows offers two-factor authentication for Windows environments using a small device that generates a random number and a personal code.

The Sign-On Manager client runs on Windows 2000 and Windows XP desktops. The server component runs on Windows Server 2003. A version for Solaris is due out in the first quarter of 2005.

For password-only mode, Sign-On Manager will cost $70 (£38) per user, which includes the client and server software. When used with hardware authentication, the product costs $85 per user.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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