Gartner Research

AXENT Technologies, Inc. Defender

Published: 09 November 2000

ID: G0093932

Analyst(s): Ant Allan


Most organizations acknowledged that their Internet connections are more susceptible to attack than their internal systems. As more and more corporations open their doors to online business initiatives, security weaknesses in remote access environments leave organizations exposed to attacks, with consequential losses running into millions of dollars. Many organizations use traditional authentication mechanisms, such as reusable passwords, for their remote users. However, the Internet and public telephone networks are just the kind of open networks where reusable passwords are most vulnerable to attack. There is a clear need for a robust authentication mechanism. AXENT Technologies Inc. offers the Defender system, providing two-factor user authentication for remote access environments. But is Defender an effective solution? Can the system be extended to provide strong user authentication to protect corporate information across the whole enterprise?

Table Of Contents
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Overview
    • Authentication for Remote Users
    • The Defender System
  • Analysis
    • User-Authentication Modes and Tokens
    • Technology Support
    • Customer Support
    • Professional Services
  • Pricing
    • Costs
    • GSA Pricing
  • Competitors
    • CRYPTOAdmin from CRYPTOCard Corp.
    • RSA SecurID from RSA Security Inc.
    • SDS Remote Access from Safe Data System
    • TraqNet 800 Secur@ccess Server from Secur@ccess, a Division of ION Networks Inc.
  • Strengths
    • Unique One-Time Passwords Cannot Be Compromised
    • Easy User Enrollment and Software Token Distribution
    • Flexible and Portable Authentication
  • Limitations
    • No Provision for Enterprisewide User Authentication
    • Hardware Distribution Can Be Costly
    • Lack of Global Customer Support
  • Insight

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