Microsoft buys multifactor authentication solutions provider PhoneFactor

Infotech Lead America: Microsoft has acquired PhoneFactor, a provider of multifactor authentication (MFA) solutions.

The acquisition of PhoneFactor will help Microsoft bring easy-to-use multifactor authentication to our cloud services and on-premises applications.

“In addition, PhoneFactor’s solutions will help Microsoft customers, partners and developers enhance the security of almost any authentication scenario,” said Bharat Shah, corporate vice president, Server and Tools Division for Microsoft.

PhoneFactor enables rapid deployment of MFA across a wide range of applications. It already works with many Microsoft products and services, including Outlook Web Access and Internet Information Services, and interoperates with Active Directory.

“We are thrilled to join Microsoft and look forward to bringing our secure, cost- effective and convenient authentication solutions to the millions of Microsoft customers, partners and developers around the world,” said Timothy Sutton, CEO and co-founder of PhoneFactor.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In addition to flagship out-of-band phone call and text message methods and mobile authentication options, PhoneFactor offers a robust authentication platform featuring built-in support for leading on-premises and cloud applications, centralized user management, automated enrollment, user self-service, and extensive reporting capabilities.

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