LyncShield Enables Smart Card Authentication for Lync Mobile Users

LyncShield, an innovative solution that guarantees secure mobile and external Lync authentication, has added a new solution enabling mobile Lync authentication for organizations with a network policy that requires smart card login.

Organizations such as financial institutions and governments which use smart card login for authenticating their workers’ identities are facing a problem while implementing Lync mobile authentication requiring the user to enter his or her Active Directory credentials.

In such organizations, users do not have Active Directory credentials as they use the smart card for authentication instead.

LyncShield’s innovative solution addresses this challenge by applying the authentication process in two separate steps:

  • The user creates dedicated Lync credentials from a self-service registration web site after using his/her smart card for authentication to the site from a PC.
  • The user then needs to connect his/her mobile device within a limited timeframe by entering the dedicated Lync credentials on the mobile device.

“We were approached by customers who couldn’t find a good solution for smart card authentication,” said Guy Eldan, CEO of AGAT Software Solutions, which developed LyncShield. “Our simple and easy-to-implement security solution allows organizations to continue maintaining the Smart Card authentication policy enabling mobile users connect to the corporate network from outside network without using Active Directory credentials.”

In line with its continuing policy of finding new solutions to address the specific needs of its clients, Eldan said LyncShield would soon release new security solutions for Lync users including office 365 Two Factor Authentication and RSA token authentication integration.

LyncShield’s new solution also addresses account lockout protection and Two Factor Authentication for external Lync clients.

The solution is also offered for SharePoint as part of the MobilityShield product suite.

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