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SkypeShield presented new Skype for Business security solutions at Microsoft’s partner meeting in Hong Kong

SkypeShield has presented a complete security suit for safely connecting to corporate Skype for Business (Lync) servers from mobile and external devices at the upcoming Microsoft partner meeting Channel Kick-off 2015, which took place in Hong Kong on September 11, 2011.

SkypeShield’s solutions had been presented at the event by Continuous Technologies, which has recently become SkypeShield’s distributer in Hong Kong.

At the Microsoft event, SkypeShield showcased solutions to protect the organization’s Active Directory, Skype for Business and Exchange infrastructure. Among others, the company presented new security solutions including:

  • Network protection – Protect against account lockout in DDoS attack.
  • Two Factor Authentication – TFA by requiring the device as the second factor in addition to credentials to Lync & Exchange (EWS). Optionally can require three factor based on VPN access / certificate.
  • Device Access Control – Restrict the usage of Skype for Business & Exchange only to registered devices. Solution can limit usage to corporate or managed devices (with MDM) or control BYOD deployment.
  • Active Directory credentials protection – Avoid using and storing AD credentials on device by defining dedicated Skype for Business credentials or using RSA tokens.

Established in 1989 and headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Nanjing, Continuous Technologies is a Microsoft Gold Communications Partner. With more than 20 years of implementation experience across multiple industries, Continuous Technologies are experts in customer interaction systems with a proven track record in implementing Skype for Business.

The Channel Kick-off 2015 was aimed at showing Microsoft partners the latest technology and innovation. Local partners, IT community leaders and Microsoft executives attended the event.

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The ultimate Lync security suite for the enterprise market

The number of organizations seeking to protect themselves and avoid any unauthorized use of Lync is growing rapidly and LyncShield is constantly asked to expand its Lync security suite and add new features.

We have addressed all these requests, and are proud to be able to offer now the ultimate Lync security suite to organizations looking for secure Lync (Skype for Business) connectivity. By using LyncShield, organizations can safely connect users to Lync servers from smartphones, tablets and any other external device.

Our innovative enterprise solution prevents unauthorized devices (mobiles and desktops) from connecting to the corporate network, avoids the usage of Active Directory (AD) credentials and protects against account lockout/DDoS.

LyncShield is already successfully deployed by some of the world’s leading financial institutions, consultancy companies, banks and other large multinational organizations.

LyncShield offers the following security features:

  • Active Directory credentials protection – avoids usage of active directory credentials on the device by defining specific credentials for Lync that are different from the AD credentials.
  • Two Factor Authentication (TFA)/ Device registration – verifies that Lync connection is achieved only from registered devices. The solution includes a website with several registration workflows offering either a self-service enrollment or a central management approval process to register devices.
  • Block DDoS attacks and prevent account lockout – prevents a Lync account lockout situation in Denial-of-Service (DoS/DDoS) attacks. The solution offers a unique site defense approach handling an attack going through all authentication channels (HTTP/S, SOAP, SIP and more).
  • Restrict Lync to corporate or managed devices– limits access to the organization’s Lync server only to corporate or managed devices that have the MDM client installed. The solution offers several approaches depending on the MDM implementation and supports most of the MDM vendors in the market.
  • Smart card login for Lync mobile – offers a solution to organizations with a network policy requiring smart card login to allow authentication and user Lync mobile.
  • RSA Token Authentication– eliminates the need to use AD credentials for users of secure tokens wishing to connect to Lync servers from external devices and enables Two Factor Authentication based on the token. RSA solution also handles Exchange connectivity.
  • Exchange Protection – protects Exchange Web Services (EWS) against account lockout and limits access to the EWS only from registered device (TFA).

“Connecting to the organization’s server using the Lync client from smartphones, tablets and any other device outside the organization poses serious security risks,” said Guy Eldan, CEO of AGAT Software, which developed LyncShield. “These risks derive from the need to authenticate a user connecting externally from non-managed environments and devices.”

“We have managed to come up with a solution that addresses all security issues and is already successfully deployed by some of the global financial institutions, business consulting services firms, and other large multinational organizations. By using LyncShield organizations can protect themselves and avoid any unauthorized use of Lync.”

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New enterprise solution secures external access for Lync from laptop and desktop

LyncShield has added new security features protecting the users of external devices who wish to use Microsoft Lync from outside the organization.

Following the addition of the new features, users can now safely connect to Lync servers from smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop PCs and any other external device outside the organization. The advanced security solution prevents unauthorized devices from penetrating the corporate network and protects the Active Directory (AD).

“Following the introduction of our solutions for secure mobile Lync connectivity, customers asked us to develop a similar solution for external devices,” said Guy Eldan, CEO of AGAT Software Solutions, which developed LyncShield. “We are now offering the ideal security suit for any organization looking to allow its workers to connect to its Lync client, regardless of where they are and which device they are using.”

The latest release offers an identical security solution for both mobile and external devices in terms of functionality and user experience, allowing hydride deployment to be securely deployed.

LyncShield now offers the following enterprise security features:

  • Active Directory credentials protection – defining dedicated credentials that are different from the Active Directory credentials to minimize damage and risk in case of a stolen or lost device, or if the credentials are hacked.
  • Two factor authentication – by matching the device and user, the organization can limit users to using only corporate devices or specific devices that meet the company’s security requirements.
  • Account lockout protection – preventing account lockout for organizations that wish to safely connect computers from outside the corporate network to their Lync edge access control server.
  • Reverse proxy Lync publishing – scalable, event-driven and secure reverse proxy alternative for Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) to publish Lync.