Quest Software: Quest Defender v5.6
Strengths: Great reporting, easy to use, good token support.
Weaknesses: Middle of the spectrum price, but you get a lot for the investment.
Verdict: Has all the components one needs to deploy multifactor in any size environment. This one is Recommended.
SummaryQuest Defender v5.6 uses the power and flexibility of Active Directory to provide strong two-factor authentication for the organization. The two-factor authentication requires something unique the user has (a security token) and something unique that the user knows (a PIN). Quest Defender provides secured, authenticated access to the network-, web- and application-based resource. Defender WebMail is an additional utility that provides secure, web-based access to the enterprise's sensitive email system from any web browser - be it internet kiosk, client site or home. All that is required is for the user to possess their Defender token.
There was a lot of configuration required to get the system up and running. The install was intuitive and the configuration wizard made the process easy to follow and handled most of the dependency loads and configuration. Once loaded, the administrative interface was excellent. It delivered an intuitive, menu-driven interface. And pull-down menus make granular policy creation easy, with default policies for those who want to get up and running quickly.
We liked the product when we reviewed it last year. The price was the only concern we had then and it has come down quite a bit. Along with the price drop, there are several updates to this version, such as a new, web-based portal for token deployment, including the ability for end-users to register their own software. The reporting engine can now provide notifications of any changes in Defender data.
Support is included for the first year and multiple upgraded options are available for purchase.