Entrust IdentityGuard is an open, versatile authentication platform that enables security across diverse users, transactions and applications. This authentication platform provides a range of authentication capabilities, allowing organizations to match the appropriate authentication method to user experience, security requirements and cost, rather than relying on one single authenticator.

The tool is typically deployed on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 using the integrated application server, or in Oracle WebLogic Server 10g R3 and IBM WebSphere Server 6.1 application server environments. Entrust IdentityGuard 9.3 also can be deployed on Windows Server 2008, 2003, 2003 R2, IBM AIX 5.3, Sun Solaris 10, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x. It is also supported on many virtualized environments.

The product was provided for us as a virtual machine. We did run through the application load to see what was involved. It did take some work, but it was nicely automated. We ended up testing with the fully configured VM since it had the sample applications with which we could test the multitude of authenticator options. The administration interface is web-based or accessed through the program tab on the server itself. We found the interface clean and very easy to use.

Entrust has a wide array of supported authentication types, including any OATH-compliant tokens, machine-based, knowledge-based, one-time password (OTP), grid, eGrid, token, x509 certificates and geolocation. New to this 9.3 release is support for mobile device soft tokens. We were provided with and tested an iPod with an Entrust application that turned the device into an OTP solution.

Tokens come with one year of support. Support for the software is available for a fee with options ranging from eight-hours-a-day/five-days-a-week to 24/7. There are too many support options to fully discuss here. This is a full-featured offering for identity and authentication.