Protecting VMware Workspace ONE Users with RSA SecurID Access

Jun 19, 2017 | by Tony Karam

While 1999 brought us the Breitling Orbiter 3, Warner Bros. sci-fi thriller "The Matrix," and Britney Spears mega-hit "Baby One More Time," it was also a banner year in cybersecurity. During the last twelve months of the millennium, we witnessed the advent of Microsoft's Windows 98 release, the arrival of the American Express "Blue" card (the first chip-based credit card in the US), and the onset of the Melissa Virus, which quickly became one of the most notorious malware outbreaks in history.

While most of us won't soon forget stockpiling water bottles for Y2K - few might remember the uneventful beginning of Salesforce; who arguably can be credited with starting the cloud computing revolution.

Today, a typical organization might use dozens of applications delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS), such as Office 365, ADP, Workday and of course, Salesforce. In fact, there are thousands of SaaS offerings from which organizations can pick. However, for all its gains in productivity and profitability, this digital transformation has come at a price, as organizations fight to control their users' identities while employees, partners and customers struggle to stay afloat on an ever-deepening sea of passwords and policies. With so many technological advances in the 21st century, why are we still trying to protect access to cloud applications the way we did back in 1999?

Many organizations are adopting VMWare Workspace ONE to deliver and manage any app on any device and manage the increasing proliferation of mobile devices and BYOD programs in the enterprise. With a single identity that has the ability to unlock all your applications, having a high-level of assurance that the user is who they say they are is vital.

The Best Keeps Getting Better

RSA and VMware have collaborated to ensure the right people get access to the right information, from anywhere, on any device - at the highest security levels - all while ensuring a consumer-simple experience.

With a broad range of authentication options including push, biometric, voice, and more, and a groundbreaking tokenless authentication service, RSA SecurID® Access, the world's most widely-deployed multi-factor authentication solution, continues to deliver innovative capabilities to further our mission of providing users convenient and secure access to anything, on any device.

Bridging Security and Simplicity in the Cloud

For VMware Workspace ONE customers looking to minimize identity risk and deliver convenient and secure access to the modern digital workforce, there is a need to provide continuous authentication to users that maintains seamless access. To address this growing need, VMware has partnered with RSA to offer an RSA Ready certified solution leveraging RSA SecurID Access to deliver a high-level of identity assurance with the consumer-simple experience users have come to expect.

With the powerful combination of RSA SecurID Access and VMware Workspace ONE, organizations can:

  • Deliver convenient and secure "front door" access to the entire VMWare Workspace ONE application catalog leveraging machine learning-based risk assessments
  • Require step-up authentication based on user risk and application sensitivity to all corporate applications, or to individual applications containing confidential information
  • Choose from a full spectrum of multi-factor authentication options from mobile push notification to biometrics to support any of the diverse user and use case authentication challenges, across Android, iOS and Windows environments
  • Enable users to enjoy the full benefits of the digital workspace without having to compromise on security or convenience

How it Works

With 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraging stolen and/or weak passwords, identity has become the most consequential attack vector organizations face today. VMware Workspace ONE and RSA SecurID Access work seamlessly together to provide a secure experience for accessing applications and data, enabling end-users to be productive from anywhere, on any device.

Want to see this solution in action? Check out our latest video. Looking for more details? Read the solutions brief and discover how you can easily provide the right people access to the right information - at the highest security level - all while ensuring a consumer-simple experience.

If you're going to the Cloud Identity Summit (CIS) June 19-22 in Chicago, stop by the RSA barista booth, have a coffee and learn more about this and other modern multi-factor authentication solutions we're serving up for today's largest organizations. You can also find out which version of RSA SecurID Access is right for your environment.

Author: Tony Karam

Category: RSA Point of View

Keywords: Authentication, Passwords, RSA SecurID Access