Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Quest Software & Yubico Partner to Offer Two-factor Authentication With YubiKey for Quest Defender

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Quest offers IT management software across virtual, physical and cloud environments. Quest Defender enhances security by enabling two-factor authentication to network, Web and applications-based resources. Defender was designed to base all administration and identity management on an organization's existing investment in Active Directory, and eliminates the costs and time involved in setting up and maintaining proprietary databases. In addition, Defender works with the full range of OATH-compliant One Time Password (OTP) methods, including mobile phone apps, display tokens – and most recently – YubiKeys.

"With its ease of use, robust design and minimal size, the YubiKey is a great complement to our existing offering of authentication methods," said Jackson Shaw, Sr. Director of Product Management for Identity & Access Management, Quest Software.

The YubiKey simplifies the process of logging in with a One Time Password token, as it does not require the user to re-type long pass codes from a display device into the login field of the computer. The YubiKey is inserted in the USB-port of any computer and the OTP is generated and automatically entered with a simple touch of a button on the YubiKey, without the need for any client software or drivers. The rugged, ultra-thin, battery-free, crush safe, and waterproof design has also been fundamental to the success of the YubiKey, currently used by over 10,000 customers globally.

"We are pleased to partner with Quest Software to offer Defender customers unmatched ease of use, and the Yubico community a new proven validation server choice," said Stina Ehrensvard, CEO and Founder, Yubico.

The joint solution will be demonstrated at the RSA Conference in San Francisco Feb. 14-18, 2011 in the Quest Software booth #2232.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Defender 5.6 goes live!

I'm delighted to announce that Defender 5.6 has been released.

The team have made some fantastic new additions to this, the latest version of Defender.

A few of this highlights include:
  • Brand new [very shiny] token deployment system that now includes user self-service for both software and hardware tokens.
  • Brand new, super easy to use, delegation wizard for administrators to easily set permissions for users and/or groups of users.
  • We've taken away the need to request any licensing from Quest by including a trial 90 day license upon installation of 5.6 hopefully making things even easier to install and get up and running.
  • You can now download all the Quest software tokens online, saving you time and effort when it comes to deployment.
  • We've added new software token types for the Android platform as well as OTP delivery via eMail.
  • With the integration we've done with our fellow Quest Authentication Team (QAS), you can now deploy two factor authentication with a 'single click' to almost any Unix or Linux host in your environment.
  • Loads more!

Download Defender 5.6 today and let us know what you think!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

It's been a while!

It's been some time since my last post, mainly due to the fact it's been a very busy few months on the product development and strategy side of things with a fair amount of travel thrown in for good measure.

The good news is that we're making serious headway with both Defender and QPM from and engineering standpoint and we’ll have even more fantastic new features available for both products later this year. Watch this space! And whilst I’m on the good news, a big thanks to everyone involved for making Defender a knock-out product for us last year! We grew our defender business substantially and really had a fantastic year all round!

From the travel side of things I've been all over the place visiting customers and attending road shows, the most to date being the RSA Security conference in San Francisco. I have to be honest and say I have mixed feelings about the RSA conference because I think the quality of leads is arguable. That said, I did have chance to meet up with a few of our partners which has in turn has resulted in some very beneficial planning ideas for 2010.

The next conference I'll be attending (if the planes in Europe are flying that is) will be the Burton Group Catalyst Conference in Prague next week. I'm looking forward to this conference as a) I like the Burton guys, and b) I get the chance to sit in on a few of the sessions as opposed to presenting them for a change, and there appear to be some good ones on the agenda.

Following on from Prague, I'll be off to Infosec Europe the following week in London. Again, I'm looking forward to this as we have some exciting new stuff to demo at the show. This year we'll be on both the ScriptLogic stand as well as the GrIDsure stand so if you're attending Infosec this year, make sure you stop by and see what we've been up to.

Also don't forget that if you've not yet tried our Defender TFA solution, do so today FOR FREE:

Let’s hope the next few months have been as profitable as the last and hope to see you at one of your future events!

Monday, 11 January 2010

5 Stars for Defender 5

Once again, Quest's two-factor authentication solution, Defender, has received a full 5 Stars from SC Magazine!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Quest Password Manager 4.6 launched

I'm thrilled to announce that we've launched the latest version of QPM, v.4.6.0

Some of the highlights are as follows:
  • Windows 7 support
  • Windows 2008 R1/R2 support
  • IE8 support
  • Captcha
  • Granular minimum/maximum password age
  • Quick Connect Integration providing cross platform password management
  • Integration with ActiveRoles Server Web UI (Help Desk site)
  • Reporting support for SQL/SRS 2008
  • Defender Integration enabling use of OTP to change password/unlock account and now for initial registration with QPM
  • Various reporting enhancements including email and Help Desk stats
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Thursday, 26 November 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my American friends and colleagues, hope you have a great break!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Defender 5.5 launched

I'm proud to announce that we launched the newest version of Quest Defender yesterday, version 5.5

This new version has a number of exciting new enhancements including:

  • Defender integration pack for Quest ActiveRoles Server for Defender user provisioning and administration
  • Extended token support, including iToken, GrIDsure and Go-6 hardware tokens
  • 64bit platform support for core components
  • Improved diagnostics for token failures and verification
  • Improved integration with Quest Password Manager
  • New Defender ISAPI Agent to add Defender authentication to IIS websites
  • Defender Reports enhancements
  • Improvements to remote access support
For more information on Defender and to download version 5.5, please visit