Webopedia on Google+Webopedia on TwitterWebopedia on FacebookTech Bytes Blog
Main » TERM » R »

RSA Secure ID

RSA SecurID ( “SecurID”) is a two-factor authentication technology that is used to protect network resources.  The authentication is based on two factors -- something you know (a password or PIN) and something you have (an authenticator).  The authenticator is typically a hardware token (such as a USB token, smart card or key fob) and the software token is the RSA Authentication Manager Software that provides the security engine used to verify authentication requests.

How RSA Secure ID Works

When a user attempts to access a protected resource, he is prompted for a unique passcode. The passcode is a combination of their user’s PIN and the code that is displayed on the authenticator token at the time of log in.

The user ID and pass code are intercepted by the RSA Authentication Agent and presented to the RSA Authentication Manager software which validates the pass code.  The RSA SecurID system computes what number the token is supposed to be showing at that moment in time, checks it against what the user entered, and makes the decision to allow or deny access.

RSA Secure ID Vulnerabilities

RSA secureID, which is considered to be the strongest authentication system on the market, was the target of a network breach in March 2011. The hack led to attacks on RSA clients (the end-users), including military contractor Lockheed Martin.  L-3 Communications was the second victim of an attempted hack attack.







TECH RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
DID YOU KNOW?
Taking Ownership through Digital Governance

Taking ownership of our own misjudgments or simple forgetfulness takes a healthy amount of humility and some honest self-assessment. Yet sometimes... Read More »

Have We Become a World of Addicts?

It's hard to imagine our lives without smartphones. But people who suffer separation anxiety when they don't have their phones nearby may be in... Read More »

13 Best Free Android Apps

From secure messaging to document editing, our top free must-have apps have been rated, reviewed and named the best free Android apps of 2015. Read More »

QUICK REFERENCE
29 Free Android Apps for Cash-Strapped Students

From wacky alarm clocks to lecture hall tools and after class entertainment, these Android apps are a good fit for a student's life and budget. Read More »

Network Fundamentals Study Guide

A network is a group of two or more computer systems or devices, linked together to share resources, exchange files and electronic communications.... Read More »

Computer Architecture Study Guide

This Webopedia  study guide describes the different parts of a computer system and their relations. Read More »