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November 27, 2012

Meta Byte to Bring Big Savings to Remote Authentication

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer

The practice of telecommuting, or using remote workers, has gained a lot of ground with businesses in recent years. But with telecommuting comes some significant problems, including accountability issues and the practice of getting those remote workers on the network without incident. Meta Byte Technologies, meanwhile, looks to make the costs of getting remote workers onto the network a lot simpler—and a lot less expensive—thanks to a recent deal with Mi-Token Inc. for a new authentication engine.

Meta Byte's deal with Mi-Token allows Meta Byte to use Mi-Token's Two Factor Authentication engine, which is specifically designed to not only lower costs, but also make the operation and maintenance of authentication systems simpler overall. Thanks to a combination of factors, including reduced ownership costs in the long term, reduced licensing costs, and reduced time spent overseeing and setting up the security systems, Mi-Token projects that users can save between 60 and 80 percent of costs in that field.

Naturally, Mi-Token's Two Factor Authentication system isn't just a money-saver; it's also a powerful security mechanism. The Two Factor Authentication system, reportedly, is a “FIPS 140-level 2 backed Seed Generation Option from within a Hardware Security Module”. FIPS 140 Level 2 is a solid layer of security, though not top-notch—FIPS 140 has four levels at last report—but since the keys are generated on site as opposed to overseas, that makes for an extra layer of peace of mind. Better yet, Mi-Token's senior VP of sales and marketing, John Nolan, asserts that the system can “be deployed in minutes and managed easily by non-specialist IT staff”, which means savings no matter how it's presented.

It's a combination of functionality and efficiency, generating solid security at great prices—it's right in the SaaS (News - Alert) price level, really—and takes advantage of existing infrastructure to help keep prices down while at the same time providing sound protection for systems at their weakest point. That's a combination that's hard to pass up, especially for companies looking to get started with remote operations.

There are plenty such firms out there in the market, all looking to take advantage of the cost savings and morale-building effects of using remote workers. For those companies, security is a vital part of the overall package. Trying to get users onto the network by remote isn't always easy, and it isn't always safe. But it's clear that Meta Byte Technologies has a solid solution in mind thanks to Mi-Token's Two Factor Authentication system.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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