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Swivel Secure launches in North America

In response to market demand for a provider of tokenless authentication technology that is capable of securing Microsoft Office 365 as well as other cloud and virtual private network (VPN) remote access solutions, Swivel Secure today announces its expansion into North America and the opening of its first office in Seattle, Washington.

Swivel Secure is a UK network security solutions provider that has pioneered the development of tokenless, multi-factor authentication technology. The Swivel authentication platform, first launched in 2003, is now used in over 35 countries by governments and global enterprises in a range of sectors including healthcare, pharmaceuticals and logistics as well as in hundreds of smaller businesses around the world.

Swivel’s strategic entry into North America marks the launch of an aggressive channel expansion programme targeting value added resellers (VARs) in the Washington State area and beyond.

“The market for tokenless authentication is growing rapidly as US businesses start to take cloud solutions seriously,” comments Fraser Thomas, VP International, Swivel Secure, who is spearheading the US expansion and VAR recruitment programme. “Given that Swivel is an approved tokenless provider for Microsoft Office 365, a Swivel partnership will enable VARs to offer a compelling remote access proposition for businesses that are migrating to the cloud, together with those that are employing more traditional VPN solutions.”

The unauthorised access of sensitive corporate data is one of the biggest fear factors holding businesses back from migrating to the cloud. Securing a corporate infrastructure with multi-factor authentication means that business owners can be assured that only permitted individuals will be able to gain access to their corporate systems.

Swivel Secure’s tokenless approach has harnessed the power of the mobile device by enabling it to act as a ‘virtual token’, thus eliminating the need for a consumer to carry and care for an additional fob. This greatly reduces the cost and time associated with provisioning new users, maintaining and updating the system and replacing lost or stolen tokens.

Swivel will also seek to establish relationships with West Coast VPN manufacturers in a bid to drive sales of the firm’s white label, multi-factor authentication offering.

The Swivel authentication platform provides secure remote access to business networks, virtual desktops and cloud-based applications. Offering the widest range of user deployment options, according to Gartner, the Swivel platform offers the choice of mobile apps, SMS and interactive voice response channels when full multi-factor authentication is required.

Swivel customers can also opt to utilise PINsafe, Swivel’s unique, patented one-time-code extraction protocol. PINsafe combines the use of registered PINs with random ten digit security strings that are sent to the user via SMS, mobile app, telephone, or web, either on demand or in advance. The user combines the PIN with the string in order to work out their unique one-time access code. This protocol puts the user right at the heart of Swivel’s strong multi-factor authentication process.


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Swivel Secure

Established in 2000, Swivel is a pioneering network security solutions provider. Its multi-factor authentication platform, underpinned by PINsafe, the company’s patented one-time-code extraction technology, is recognised as the de facto standard in tokenless authentication technology. Swivel’s established user base includes major blue chip companies as well as SME and public sector organisations. Customers vary from UK NHS Trusts to multi-national logistics organisations, high street retailers, financial institutions and one of the world’s largest IT hardware components manufacturers.

Swivel is accredited under the UK government’s CCTM scheme and is the only non-token based technology approved for the Microsoft Office 365 environment.

Swivel has an extensive world-wide network of channel partners with regional offices in the UK, Spain, France and Germany and is a member of Marr T&T, the technology arm of the Marr Group, a global investment business.

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