Microsoft Cloud Applications Secured with RSA SecurID

EMC owned security services provider RSA has announced that soon its SecurID two factor authentication system will come with support for Microsoft Windows Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 platform.

The company said that the move will allow organisations to provide its employees with secure access to Office 365 cloud based applications.

Microsoft had launched the Active Directory Federation security token service to allow app users on Azure cloud computing platform to use security tokens for user authentication, authorisation and single-sign ons for granting access to app running on the cloud, making them securely accessible from virtually everywhere.

Combining the RSA SecureID service with the Active Directory Federation, companies will be able to provide a tightly controlled access to apps for its employees. The feature would keep organisations protected from human failings like a weak password by offering two factor authentication.

"RSA SecurID technology is the gold standard in authentication and is designed to provide very high levels of access security," said Sam Curry, CTO of Identity and Data Protection for RSA, The Security Division of EMC.

"By deploying RSA SecurID authentication with a service like Microsoft AD FS 2.0, it extends RSA's premier authentication control and management to virtually any enterprise resource connected to the cloud," he added.