Vistas RSA SecurID Support Kicked Down A Notch

    May 3, 2006

ZDNet reports that Microsoft has canceled plans to include RSA SecurID tokens in Windows Vista, a two year old goal that never quite worked out.

In February 2004, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates announced that Windows would be able to support easy integration with RSA Security’s ubiquitous SecurID tokens, which meant that enterprises would find it far easier to deploy a two-factor authentication system for logging on to networks and applications.

RSA’s CEO Art Coviello says “with all the other issues they have had”, Microsoft could not get native support in the OS before it ships. Sales of SecurID have suffered because MS would not include native support in the OS. The plan was to implement that in Vista, but it isn’t ready, so RSA loses out.

“It has gone slowly and it has gone slowly for a number of reasons,” said Coviello. “Microsoft has given us source code so we can replace the Microsoft logon screen. However it is not yet native to the operating system. So it still requires some work at the desktop, which slows down the adoption rate”.

Hopefully, the support will be included in a future Vista update.

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