Cloud security options are set to widen today as RSA teams with Microsoft and Citrix to support use of RSA SecurID authentication, and separately, McAfee unveils enhancements to the McAfee Cloud Security Platform.
RSA, the security division of EMC, said the Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS 2.0) security token service can now support RSA SecurID token authentication.
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Through integration with Microsoft ADFS 2.0, someone authenticating using RSA SecurID two-factor authentication could extend that identity assertion into cloud-based services supporting ADFS 2.0 in a federated way. These could include those built on the Windows Azure platform as well as secure access to Microsoft's Office 365 cloud-based Web applications, according to RSA.
"In terms of virtualization and the cloud, this means you can take these islands of identities and bring it up into the cloud context," said Sam Curry, chief technology officer for identity and data protection business unit of RSA. "If someone is building on this platform, they can now use SecurID."
In related news, RSA also said support for RSA SecurID had been integrated into the Citrix Receiver virtual desktop software client.
With Citrix Receiver, organizations can support employee access to enterprise data, applications and desktops from any computing device.
It can be used with Windows, Mac and Linux desktops and laptops; thin clients; and Apple iOS, Google Android and RIM tablets and smartphones. Users are provided a virtual image of these resources via Citrix Receiver, with no data or applications residing on the mobile device itself.