StrikeForce Technologies ProtectID
Strengths: Product does not require costly middleware due to direct integration with domain controller.
Weaknesses: There is no technical support offered via the website.
Verdict: A solid product with less than stellar support options.
SummaryStrikeForce’s ProtectID product provides an open architecture platform for strong user authentication. The product allows multiple authentication devices, such as biometrics and cell phone authentication for remote users, to be mixed and matched for customers needing multi-layered security access. No middleware is needed with this product because of its ability to interface directly to a domain
ProtectID uses a distributed architecture with a central controller and remote agents. The agents communicate with the central controller via an encrypted protocol. With ProtectID, securing a new system is simple. All that is required is a new agent installed on the server. This product uses a Central Identity agent, which is a desktop interface that supports password or biometric authentication by a ProtectID secure channel.
ProtectID offers secure website logon, VPN access and terminal authentication to round out its many features.
The ProtectID product was no problem to deploy. The administration is done using the ProtectID Manager web GUI. The ProtectID Manager is intuitive to use and that made constructing user accounts and privileges simple. Another feature is that it creates its own website in Internet Information Services (IIS) and has out-of-band authentication to web applications via a cell phone for heightened security.
This product worked flawlessly and was flexible during the deployment phase. It quickly integrated into Active Directory and uses Structured Query Language (SQL) or MS Data Engine (MSDE) as its operational data store. If administrators make changes in user accounts, the accounts will automatically be updated in the database.
StrikeForce’s documentation is good and simple to follow. There is good use of screen shots that support a step-by-step process that users will find very helpful.
Support offerings are available for business hours, as well as 24/7. However, there are no self-support features.
The product has a base price of $24.95 per user and this is a one-time fee. Also, volume discounts are available. This is at the low end of the pricing spectrum.