Authentication System offers solution for SMBs.

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Intended for organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees, RSA® SecureID® System includes SecurID® Appliance, RSA SecurID® tokens, RSA® Authentication Manager 6.0 software, and hardware/software support. Two-factor authentication ensures only authorized users can access network through security layer that combines something user knows, such as PIN, with something user possesses, such as SecurID token, which generates unique, 1-time passcode every 60 sec.



Original Press Release:


RSA Security Delivers Strong Authentication Appliance to Small and Medium-Size Businesses


RSA SecurID(R) Appliance Simplifies Deployment and Lowers Total Cost of Ownership for Strong Authentication

BEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 10 -- RSA Security Inc. (NASDAQ:RSAS) today announced the new RSA SecurID(R) Appliance, a cost-effective and easy-to-deploy strong authentication solution for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) worldwide. Designed specifically for organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees, the appliance is a bundled software/hardware solution that allows SMBs to achieve levels of IT security formerly available only to larger organizations. The RSA SecurID Appliance also provides resellers the ability to offer broader two-factor authentication choices to organizations wanting to eliminate insecure, static passwords. The RSA SecurID Appliance is the first in a series of appliance-based solutions from RSA Security, which will provide companies with a simple, secure and cost-effective authentication solution. RSA Security will unveil the new RSA SecurID Appliance during the RSA Conference 2005 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco (February 15 - 18; booth #612).

The rack-mountable RSA SecurID Appliance may be installed in as little as 15 minutes. The appliance's extensive reporting capabilities help companies to successfully comply with a variety of regulatory requirements. The bundled solution -- priced for 10, 25, 50, 100, 150 and 250 users -- includes the RSA SecurID(R) Appliance, RSA SecurID(R) tokens, RSA(R) Authentication Manager 6.0 software and hardware/software support. The Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Server 2003 operating system has been hardened based on Microsoft and NSA guidelines to ensure a high level of security. All customer support related to the appliance is provided directly by RSA Security.

"RSA Security continues to deliver innovative strong authentication solutions that are secure and conveniently packaged," said Charles Kolodgy, research director at IDC. "By 2008, IDC predicts that 80 percent of security solutions will be delivered via an appliance. The new RSA SecurID Appliance positions RSA Security to effectively leverage this trend, beginning with the growing SMB market, giving their channel a new solution that can help solve customers' need for strong authentication."

"We see growing interest in two-factor authentication with SMB customers as they move more and more business to the Internet and become increasingly distributed over many locations," said Phil McKiverkin, consulting manager at Akibia Infrastructure Services. "The RSA SecurID Appliance gives us the ability to offer a well-established, strong authentication solution that is secure, cost effective and incredibly easy to manage."

In the United States alone, there are more than eight million SMBs according to IDC*. Additionally, Forrester Research reports that 71 percent of SMB IT decision makers have either completed or are in the process of implementing a remote access solution**. While delivering broader access to critical business information, increasing remote access will expose SMB's corporate assets to greater risk from unauthorized access. Strong two-factor authentication ensures only authorized users can access the network through a vital layer of security that combines something a user knows -- a personal identification number, for example -- with something the user possesses, such as an RSA SecurID(R) token, which generates a unique, one-time passcode every 60 seconds. The RSA SecurID Appliance is positioned as an ideal solution for the burgeoning SMB market as research shows that SMBs prefer appliance-based security solutions.

"As small and medium-size companies begin to utilize remote access technologies, these organizations are gravitating to the security provided by two-factor authentication," said Jason Lewis, vice president of product management and marketing at RSA Security. "By delivering an appliance-based, two-factor authentication solution, RSA Security is providing flexibility and choice to businesses striving to best protect their corporate assets."

Pricing and Product Availability

RSA Security expects to begin delivering the RSA SecurID(R) Appliance through resellers within the United States in April 2005. The appliance will be released globally through the second and third quarters of 2005. Pricing will be made available through RSA Security's network of RSA SecurWorld(TM) channel partners.

* Source: IDC, Where Do SMBs with Full-Time IT Staff Find Out About PC Hardware and Software, and Where Do They Prefer to Purchase?, IDC #32387, December 2004.
** Source: Forrester Research, The State of IT In the SMB Market, April 2004

About RSA Security Inc.

RSA Security Inc. helps organizations confidently protect identities and information access. The company secures more than 15 million user identities, safeguards trillions of business transactions annually, and manages the confidentiality of data in tens of thousands of applications worldwide. RSA Security's portfolio of award-winning solutions -- including identity & access management, secure mobile & remote access, secure enterprise access, secure transactions and consumer identity protection -- set the standard in the industry. Our strong reputation is built on a 20-year history of ingenuity, leadership and proven technologies, and our more than 17,000 customers around the globe. Together with more than 1,000 technology and integration partners, RSA Security inspires confidence in everyone to experience the power and promise of the Internet. For more information, please visit www.rsasecurity.com

NOTE: RSA, SecurWorld and SecurID are either registered trademarks or trademarks of RSA Security Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other products and services mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.

CONTACT: Dave Howell of RSA Security Inc., +1-781-515-6303, or dhowell@rsasecurity.com

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