Strengths: Simplicity of approach and proven technology.
Weaknesses: Very little in context.
Verdict: A well-proven set of tools for implementing token based access control in typical corporate environments.
The use of a token offers interesting possibilities for user authentication and single sign-on to multiple applications. For example, various credentials can be stored on a token and released to applications and services as required. The user may then simply remember a single password for the token which, in turn, will take care of the detailed requirements for each application.
This approach also facilities the use of a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and secure access to a VPN to support remote users securely.
Aladdin supports all these ideas and more, including a special token to display a one time password for those who like this approach. The popular form factor for Aladdin tokens is the familiar USB token, although smartcards are also available.
Furthermore, proximity technology can be combined with either a USB token or smartcard for those who wish to integrate physical access control.
Getting back to standard USB tokens, if they are used on a daily basis, they must be able to withstand the rough and tumble of corporate life. The Aladdin USB tokens have always proved themselves up to this challenge, with a robust construction that can withstand the rigours of normal use quite happily.
We are pleased the eToken Pro USB token continues this tradition. Aladdin’s Token Management System software provides all the tools you need to manage tokens within the enterprise, including issuance, revocation and password management, and integrates seamlessly into a Microsoft environment, making good use of the Active Directory and other components as appropriate.
It provides a coherent management point which most system admins will find intuitive and straightforward. OS support includes Windows 98/98SE/ME/ NT 4 and later versions, while installation is straightforward and clear documentation is provided in PDF format.
At first glance, there seems little that is particularly radical or revolutionary about eToken, which is probably its main strength. Aladdin knows about tokens and how they might best be used to support the establishment of a secure IT environment. It has considerable experience in this area, and the current product embodies this wealth of experience in a tried and tested manner.
This may be exactly what many are looking for in their pursuit of enhanced user authentication to their networks and applications. If you are attracted to the token approach, take a look at what Aladdin can offer.