LOOPHOLD Security Distribution has recently introduced Celestix Networks’ new HOTPin Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) system.
The system employs mobile phones and Windows devices as high-security hardware tokens.
HOTPin is Celestix’s economical alternative to 2FA systems that use expensive single-function hardware tokens and have high per-user licensing and supplies One Time Passwords (OTPs) to mobile phones and Windows devices through two modes.
HOTPin’s client mode uses client software that resides in smart phones to generate OTPs within the devices. In clientless mode, HOTPin software residing in a WSA appliance sends OTPs as text messages to SMS text-compatible mobile phones.
HOTPin can operate in either mode or both modes simultaneously.
“By using mobile phones as tokens, HOTPin allows for a wider range of business sectors to invest in the value of effective two-factor authentication security.” Says Martin Tassev, MD of LOOPHOLD Security Distribution
When a user wants to log onto their network from a laptop or desktop computer, they enter their password or PIN and the OTP they receive from their mobile phone.
The first release of HOTPin supports Windows Mobile devices, RIM Blackberrys, Apple iPhones, and SMS/email. Celestix plans to broaden HOTPin clients supported to include Google Android smart phones in the second quarter of 2009.