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Online Tech Expands Two-Factor Authentication for Secure, Remote Access

April 25
09:23 2012

Web Host NewsAnn Arbor, Michigan – Online Tech announced today a new authentication offering for all clients currently utilizing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that will enhance the security of their data and applications.

Online Tech has teamed up with Duo Security to provide a simple, mobile phone-based authentication method that is much more convenient and easier to use traditional two-factor systems.

The security measure adds an extra layer of protection to their critical files by requiring a secondary authentication method of their choice to achieve network access – by using push authentication, a smartphone passcode, text message or phone call. Normally, a user would use a username and password to log into their VPN, which typically allows access to sensitive data.

“Two factor authentication is one of those items that really covers all facets of the defense in depth model (people, technology, and operations),” said Steve Aiello, Senior Systems Engineer & CISSP at Online Tech. “As security becomes more of a requirement then a luxury simple technical solutions, married to strong operational processes will have a huge impact on the security of digital data. This is a wonderful first step that companies take in securing their assets and client’s personally identifiable information.”

While two-factor authentication has been standard operating procedure for the Online Tech operations and support team, it was only recently that Online Tech decided to extend the service to all colocation, managed server, and cloud hosting clients and implement two-factor remote authentication across the entire company – even outside the operations team.

“Security is not about a specific technology or device,” explains Yan Ness, CEO of Online Tech. “Security is an attitude to be applied to every decision. By implementing a simple two-factor authentication policy across our entire organization and offering the service to every client, we are better positioned to understand and help our clients who have security and compliance as top priorities.”

Two-factor authentication is an important security measure for all companies concerned about the privacy of their data, and is required to meet PCI DSS compliance. All companies storing, transmitting or processing cardholder data are required to implement two-factor authentication for remote access of their network.

This new offering is just one more addition to Online Tech’s legacy of ongoing focus on compliance and security, including independent SAS 70 Type II, SSAE 16 Type II, SOC 2, HIPAA and PCI audits to ensure security, privacy, and availability of their clients’ data.

About Online Tech
Online Tech is the leader in secure and compliant hosting services including private cloud hosting, managed cloud hosting, hybrid cloud hosting, managed dedicated servers, disaster recovery and offsite backup services, and Michigan colocation. Online Tech’s legacy of independent HIPAA, PCI, SAS 70 Type II, SSAE 16 Type II (SOC 1), SOC 2, and SOC 3 audits and reports ensures the security, privacy, and availability expected of a trusted service organization.

About Duo Security
Duo Security’s hosted two-factor authentication service brings strong, scalable security to organizations of any size. Duo’s unique, high-availability architecture provides centralized management, self-service enrollment, and interactive secondary login through an intuitive web interface, eliminating the high costs, complexity, and confusion associated with traditional two-factor systems. Every day, over 500 organizations in 40+ countries around the world rely on Duo for their security. Duo Security is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a privately held company whose investors include Google Ventures, True Ventures, and Resonant Venture Partners.

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