McAfee has released a pair of platforms designed to help companies better manage user account credentials and prevent password theft.
The company said that its One Time Password service would allow web application developers to integrate the single-use authentication controls into their services.
The password tool, which can be used alongside conventional user name and password credentials, provides customers notifications via PC or mobile message, which contain a numerical code which is randomly generated and discarded after one use.
The implementation of such two-factor security protections has become a highly demanded feature in the wake of high-profile account thefts and data breaches. Such protections could help prevent the theft of accounts from phishing and other social engineering attacks.
In addition to its One Time Password platform, McAfee is unveiling a service which helps companies to better manage user login credentials.
Dubbed Single Sign On, the platform will manage user passwords and, as its name suggests, allow a single, secured credential to be entered by the user in order to log on to any number of services.
The platform, which offers support for the McAfee Cloud Identity login platform, allows for accounts to be managed through a single control system and securely stored. Additionally, the platform will use McAfee One Time Password for two-factor authentication.
The company is planning to offer the service as both as SaaS subscription and as an on-premise package for Windows and Linux servers.
McAfee said that both of the releases were part of an effort by the company to address specific issues which have been particularly worrisome to developers and enterprises in recent months as attackers have stepped up activity.
"There is a huge shift underway to extend enterprise-class security to cloud-based applications and services while also consolidating security onto just a few key platforms," explained McAfee senior vice president and general manager for network security Pat Calhoun.
"McAfee is not trying to 'boil the ocean,' instead we are focusing on several identity-related 'hot spots' and investing to help our customers and partners solve critical challenges and maintain business continuity and agility."
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