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YubiKey Authenticates Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform

YubiKey Authenticates Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform

Yubico has announced the availability of its authentication token YubiKey to increase security for Microsoft Cloud Platform Windows Azure platform applications.

Yubico specializes in providing easy and secure login solutions and the scalable and cost-effective Windows Azure Platform enables customers to build, host and dynamically scale applications and services through the Microsoft data centers around the world.

The collaboration between two companies will increase security in a very cost-effective and flexible manner thanks to the integration between Windows Azure based solutions and the YubiKey two-factor authentication service.

Being able to integrate solutions for two-factor authentication is becoming increasingly more important as customers move their existing assets to the cloud or build new services with a higher demand for security,” said Robert Folkesson, Architect in the Developer and platform group, Microsoft Sweden.

Yubico notes that its project titled ‘YubiKey Azure Authentication’ was recently published on the Microsoft open source community called Codeplex.

This project shows how to integrate YubiKey based authentication in a service running in Windows Azure using the standard ASP.NET membership provider and SQL Azure as the user store back-end.

Yubico’s authentication token YubiKey, according to company’s sources, can significantly simplify the process of logging in with a One-Time Password (OTP) token.

The company claims that its authentication token YubiKey is currently used by more than 10,000 customers all across the world. Its success is also attributed to the rugged, ultra-thin, battery-free, crush safe and waterproof design.

With YubiKey, users don’t have to re-type long pass codes from a display device into the login field of the computer.

One this authentication token is inserted in the USB port of any computer the OTP is generated and automatically entered with a simple touch of a button on the YubiKey. Any type of client software or drivers is not required for this process.

By Anuradha Shukla

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