Balfour Beatty Capital lends peace of mind to its mobile workforce with CRYPTOCard’s two-factor authentication

Posted: Thursday 31st March 2011

Balfour Beatty Capital, one of the largest private sector investors in essential infrastructure, has selected CRYPTOCard’s CRYPTO-MAS two-factor authentication to secure remote network access for its vastly mobile workforce.

The engineering giant’s bidding arm selected CRYPTO-MAS over alternative solutions citing reliability, significant cost efficiencies, and high rate of user adoption as key competitive advantages. The cloud-based solution will initially be rolled out to half of the company’s 750 staff via software token application for BlackBerry smartphones – a vital capability for Balfour Beatty Capital’s staff, who often work across multiple sites.

Recommended by HP Information Security – formerly Vistorm – Balfour Beatty Capital’s long-standing security provider, CRYPTOCard’s solution will be integrated seamlessly into the existing security suite and used across network applications, including SharePoint server and email.

Harvey Seddon, Technical Manager, Balfour Beatty Capital, said: “Some 80 percent of our staff use laptops and work across multiple sites most of the time, so we needed a reliable authentication solution that works on mobile devices. The great advantage of the BlackBerry tokens is that passwords can be accessed at any time and tokens cannot be misplaced or lost. As a cloud-based service, CRYPTO-MAS is operational anywhere, and it’s easy for us to deploy and for the staff to use. It just simply works.”

Neil Hollister, CEO of CRYPTOCard, said: "In partnering with CRYPTOCard to deliver two-factor authentication as part of its services to Balfour Beatty Capital, HP Information Security is at the helm of a growing number of Systems Integrators and Service Providers who have integrated strong authentication as part of their offering. Providers must be able to demonstrate to their customers that their services come with strong user authentication, designed to protect all their applications and across platforms. CRYPTO-MAS allows them to do just that, while also achieving cost and time savings for both themselves and their customers."

CRYPTO-MAS cloud-based authentication service enables Systems Integrators and Service Providers to offer authentication as a commodity to their customers via a single cloud-based platform. With no up-front capital investment associated with building and managing servers, CRYPTO-MAS operates on a cost-per-user pricing model, enabling providers to achieve significant time and money savings, simplify their billing processes, and construct their ideal on-demand service – scaling offering to match required volumes.

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