Red Hat selected Gemalto to implement digital security tokens that enable remote access for the company’s more than 6,000 employees. Red Hat is a provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies.
Gemalto’s Protiva tokens integrate with Red Hat’s authentication technology for employees connecting to the company’s virtual private network and SAML-enabled applications.
Red Hat works in open source technology and it’s important that the company’s sensitive information is protected by more secure measures than just a username and password. Utilizing Gemalto’s security form-factor Red Hat receives secure remote access, with an extra layer of security.
“Essentially, RedHat employees will be carrying an everyday electronic device — be it a mobile phone, laptop or other smart device — that is served a Protiva digital security token, which is a two-factor authentication security measure,” says Thomas Flynn, vice president of Identity and Access for Gemalto North America. “The first of those authentication factors would be a memorized password or piece of personal information and the second a randomly-generated, constantly-changing PIN number or code that presents itself on the device and, when entered into an online portal, verifies an employee’s identity and allows remote access to RedHat’s virtual privacy network, cloud applications and file stores.”
Red Hat chooses Gemalto because of the flexibility to easily integrate it into their existing and future IT systems. Implementing multi-factor authentication offers advantages on top of the immediate security benefits to enterprises; it is also a preventative measure that can reduce costs from helpdesk calls related to password resets.