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Cryptocard has released the latest version of its Blackshield ID authentication platform.

Blackshield ID Version 2.6 features a choice of hardware-free authentication options, including Gridsure, phone token and Safestick, as well as a new set of SMS options.

Gridsure provides support for pattern-based authentication; this flexible token allows the end user to generate a one-time password (OTP) without the need for any additional hardware or software.

The rollout of Gridsure tokens is said to be simple, as administrators can either auto-provision them or manually assign them to end users, who choose a personal identification pattern during the self-enrolment process.

With Blackshield ID v2.6, security administrators can transform Java ME mobile phones into tokens that generate PIN-protected OTPs.

This provides strong authentication for VPNs, web applications, Citrix and any other Blackshield ID-protected online resources.

The multi-platform (MP) software token provides all the advantages of hardware tokens at a lower cost and with none of the distribution issues associated with hard tokens.

The MP token for Safestick secure USB flash drives is now available.

By adding Blackshield ID two-factor technology to the Safestick device, end users can benefit from secure authentication and mobile storage from a single device.

Blackshield ID supports four methods of SMS/OTP authentication: SMS No Waiting, SMS No Waiting Plus, SMS Single Sign On and SMS Challenge/Response.

With SMS Challenge/Response, the delivery of the OTP occurs during the logon process.

After the user has submitted his or her valid UserID, the passcode is delivered by SMS.

This method also has an inbuilt time limit.

SMS Single Sign On is a variation of SMS Challenge/Response that lets organisations take advantage of two-stage SSO authentication supported by SSL VPN and on-demand computing solutions.

Blackshield ID sends a time-limited passcode that the user combines with his or her PIN for submission as the second stage of authentication.

With SMS No Waiting and No Waiting Plus, a new passcode is delivered by SMS immediately after each successful authenticated logon.

The advantage is that a user always has a valid passcode (which cannot be used without their secret PIN) on their phone.

Up to five passcodes can be sent in each SMS message.

This is suitable for users in areas with sporadic or unreliable SMS delivery.

Cryptocard’s customers required a way to protect Windows workstations, independent of domain membership.

This feature is now supported in Blackshield ID as the agent protects both domain and local logins.

The Blackshield ID Windows Logon Agent protects Windows authentication.

The new agent offers integrated protection for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, in addition to Windows Vista, 2003 and XP.

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