ASPG to Provide Multi-Factor Authentication for z/OS Security Systems

By CIOReview | Monday, March 2, 2015
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NAPLES, FL: As systems that require user access operate in an environment of increased threat of data breach, multi-factor authentication has grown in both prominence in recent years and is now a required component of self-service password reset systems vended to many governmental agencies and businesses.

 Multi-factor authentication, the requirement of users to identify themselves both through something they know (such as a username or email account credentials) and something they have (like a cell phone or key fob), is a security measure which has become increasingly adopted across multiple verticals. Companies varying from governmental agencies to financial institutions, universities to popular SaaS sites (Google, Twitter, etc.) are implementing multi-factor authentication for an additional layer of security.

While zSystems are the most secure and robust operating systems, multi-factor authentication increases the security through an additional required layer during the login process.

ReACT, the self-service password reset and synchronization software tool from ASPG, provides organizations and their Help Desks with the ability to set multi-factor authentication in place. With versions that work on z/OS and its security systems – zSecure (RACF), ACF2, TopSecret – along with Windows Active Directory, UNIX/Linux, Novell, and many other systems and applications, ReACT is a dominant password synchronization player for enterprise institutions and any other organizations that need to manage login credentials for a large base of users. ReACT also allows users to reset their own password without costly calls to a Help Desk – thereby enabling organizations and companies using ReACT to realize significant savings in their Help Desk operations costs.

By implementing a password reset and authentication solution such as ReACT, z/OS shops ensure those who should have access to systems such as zSecure (RACF), ACF2, and Top Secret can indeed access those systems while preventing those who should not have access from accessing the systems they should not. Through ReACT’s enforcement of multi-factor authentication, an organization’s system will have increased security by requiring individuals who are trying to reset a password to provide something only they have instead of only asking for things they know.