This allows companies to do away with traditional physical tokens, such as SecurID key fobs. After the March data breach, RSA offered to replace a portion of the SecurID tokens or provide security monitoring. The company said some customers are showing an appetite to replace their security tokens with virtual ones on smartphones.
The cyberattack on RSA had a silver lining. It fueled “new conversations with customers, and it’s not a conversation on just security tokens - it’s a conversation on security,’’ said Sean Brady, director of RSA’s identity management and protection group. “We are at a market inflection point for companies as they review user identification strategies.’’