The addition of the VeriSign security services, acquired by Symantec last May, to the growing portfolio of products managed by Symantec Protection Center (SPC) is the first major step in building authentication services into Symantec's existing security tools and strengthening the company's brand, says Nicolas Popp, VP of product development for VeriSign Authentication Services. For example, he is looking ahead to VeriSign authentication being integrated into Symantec's endpoint protection products. In addition, the Symantec logo now incorporates the familiar Trust Seal.
"We will have a mechanism to propagate two-factor authentication in the enterprise and perhaps for the consumer," says Popp. "Your mobile phone, desktop or laptop, home computer can be authentication devices, your natural token." The authentication services fill a gap in Symantec's product portfolio, which has been lacking in user identity tools, he adds.
The integrated VeriSign products are:
- Managed PKI for SSL, which provides centralized control and delegated administration for managing large numbers of digital certificates and issuance by multiple administrators across different organizations or business units.
- Managed PKI Service, a PKI certificate management and authentication service designed for rapid deployment and integration into existing network infrastructures. It is available for heterogeneous operating systems and platforms, or Windows and Active Directory.
- VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) Authentication Service, a cloud-based authentication service that enables enterprises to secure online access and transactions requiring a dynamic one-time-use, six-digit security code generated by a user's VIP credential.
Other Symantec products managed by SPC include Endpoint Protection, Data Loss Prevention, Critical System Protection, Brightmail Gateway, Web Gateway and Network Access Control.