RSA Earns “Leader” Status in Gartner 2013 Magic Quadrant for User Authentication

Gartner, Inc. has positioned RSA as a Leader in its Gartner 2013 Magic Quadrant for User Authentication, released just days after our announcement of RSA Authentication Manager 8.0 as well as RSA SecurID’s recognition in “Best Multifactor Authentication Solution” in the 2013 SC Magazine Awards.

This is excellent timing for these accolades to converge—but even more, they’re an illustration of RSA’s market leadership in authentication. For the Gartner report, RSA is not only positioned firmly within the “leaders” quadrant but is also the highest ranked vendor of those analyzed in terms of “ability to execute.”

We believe the report also helps to dispel myths about the relative cost of RSA’s authentication solutions, citing that RSA’s pricings were competitive in nearly all five of Gartner’s listed authentication use case scenarios and among the lowest in two of them.

So what do awards and analyst rankings really mean for RSA’s customers?

They act as a collective vote of confidence for RSA’s overall authentication strategy, as well as our newest authentication solution, RSA Authentication Manager 8.0. This new solution executes on our commitment of evolving with the needs of the authentication market, as organizations transform their business, adapt to a changing environment and cope with emerging threats.

RSA Authentication Manager 8.0 brings together RSA’s proven risk engine with our industry-leading SecurID authentication technologies to deliver an all-in-one intelligence-driven authentication platform.  With the addition of Risk-Based Authentication to a list of more than 40 enhancements, this innovative new version is our stepping stone to the future – leading customers toward broadened flexibility, user choice and control behind secure, real-world access.

Check out this video for more on RSA Authentication Manager 8.0:

Despite its long-time success in the world of online banking and commerce, risk-based authentication is not as well known in the enterprise realm.  It’s designed to protect access to the most common web-based applications, including SSL VPNs, Web Portals, Outlook Web Access and Microsoft SharePoint environments. With the addition of risk-based authentication into the RSA Authentication Manager portfolio, organizations can now cost-effectively secure access to a wider range of applications – and users – than ever before.

Behind risk-based authentication is the RSA Risk Engine that employs a combination of real-time device and behavioral analytics and dynamically adapts its risk model as new information is collected.

As RSA’s Sam Curry wrote in a previous blog, risk-based authentication is changing the way we do enterprise authentication, bringing together the familiar world of tokens and two-factor authentication with the next generation of Big Data analytics and intelligence-driven risk-based authentication. Industries such as financial services have adopted and have been refining the risk-based model for years to address sophisticated threats such as man-in-the-middle and web session hijacking attacks. It’s why RSA’s risk-based authentication technology today protects more than 350 million consumer online identities at the world’s leading financial institutions and e-retailers and has protected over 50 billion transactions to date.

So is your enterprise ready for risk-based authentication? What, if anything, is holding you back?

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