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Two-Factor Authentication: A Total Cost of Ownership Viewpoint

Created: 14 Jun 2011 • Updated: 25 Jun 2013
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By the end of 2013 more than 75 percent of U.S. employees—and more than 1 billion workers worldwide—will routinely work outside a traditional office environment.1 Increasing numbers of employees will need to remotely access the corporate network. Even people working from the office will be using the Internet to do their jobs, as organizations adopt the software-as- a-service (SaaS) application delivery model.

Enterprises have traditionally used two-factor authentication (2FA) to secure access to corporate resources remotely. Due to their relative ease of use and familiar end-user paradigm, One-Time Password or OTP-based solutions are the most widely used 2FA solution deployed by enterprises today. As 2FA vendors and Enterprise IT professionals gain experience deploying these solutions, the true cost or “total cost of ownership” (TCO) becomes apparent, and can be estimated quite accurately across different authentication solutions.

This White Paper will focus specifically on various OTP-based authentication solutions and will help IT professionals identify the key components that contribute to their total cost of ownership. Furthermore, this White Paper will draw a comparison between VeriSign® Identity Protection (VIP) Authentication Service, and a competitor’s strong authentication solution from a TCO perspective. Read more