Microsoft drops native SecurID support from Vista

Passwords have their weaknesses; that's a given. One stronger security measure that has been increasing in popularity recently is two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication works by requiring that a user present two tokens of his or her identity simultaneous, say a USB dongle and a six-digit password. It's like your ATM card—it won't work without your PIN.

Faced with a desire for better workstation security—especially from enterprise IT departments—Microsoft said last year it would be supporting two-factor authentication natively in Vista, including support for RSA SecurID authentication scheme. That has changed, as two-factor authentication has joined the list of stuff that isn't going to make into the initial Vista release after all. Microsoft drops native SecurID support from Vista

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 3rd May 2006 11:06PM