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Kisco Information Systems announces a two factor authentication tool for the IBM i platform. i2Pass provides extra security protection for IBM i (Power i, iSeries, AS/400) applications. It works with 5250 terminal session connections or with customer applications using an API interface.

 

Passwords can be compromised when using Telnet and other products over the

Internet. “Hackers” and “snoopers” can pick up user profiles and passwords and

then use them to access the IBM i.

 

i2Pass provides protection by implementing a two factor authentication

requirement for enrolled signon users and devices. This additional password, a

randomly generated nine digit number, can only be used only once. After it has

been used, it can never be used again for a specific user profile, the additional

password is permanently retired. This method allows access the system from a

remote location for a legitimate purpose, but when someone tries to use that

same authentication code over again, they are denied access.

 

Users can be enrolled along with their email address. When a signon is in

process, the second authentication code is automatically emailed to the user and

then requested to complete the signon process. When a code is sent by email, it

must be used within a 15 minute window. After 15 minutes, it will expire and

cannot be used.

 

The two factor authentication can also be used from within customer

applications. Application Program Interfaces (APIs) allow customers to call the

Kisco routines to generate the second authentication factor and email it to their

user along with subsequent validation of the combination of user and secondary

code.

 

i2Pass can also be used to pre-generate a set of two factor authentication codes

and produce them on a listing. These can then be used to establish a remote

connection. As each code is used, it is retired. Additional codes can be

generated as needed and new listings of pre-generated codes can be made.

This will come in handy when a user does not have immediate access to instant

email.

 

i2Pass is licensed based on the serial number where the software is installed, the

partition where the software is installed and the number of user profiles enrolled.

Licenses are available for up to 25 users, from 26-100 users, from 101-200 users

and an unlimited user license. When you install the software, at 25 user license

is configured.

 

The software is compatible with systems using IBM’s V5R4 software release and

higher, including i/OS 7.2.

 

Complete product information is available at www.kisco.com/i2p.

 

i2Pass pricing starts at $495.00 for a single partition license 25 user license and

tops out at $1,295.00 for an unlimited user license. LPAR pricing is also

available that lets customers implement the software in multiple partitions on a

single serial number. Kisco Information Systems offers a free 30-day evaluation

of the product that can be downloaded with complete software documentation

from www.kisco.com. To obtain a free evaluation on CD call Kisco at (518) 897-

5002 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kisco Information Systems was formed in 1984 to provide high quality data processing services to businesses in the New York Metropolitan area. The goal was, and continues to be, to provide clients with high quality professional services at a reasonable cost. Our concentration specialty it the IBM i series of systems including Power Server running IBM i, i5, iSeries and AS/400.

Since formation, Kisco has expanded its client list on a steady basis. We have tried successfully to take on clients where we can make a significant business contribution. Our approach is to view data processing as a business resource used to solve business problems in a cost effective way.

Kisco Information Systems significantly expanded its own business horizons starting in 1986. We then started publishing software for the IBM i family and System/36 with several award winning products in national and international distribution. Our list of software customers is constantly expanding. It includes Jefferson Smurfit Corporation, the US Department of Agriculture, Amway, Heald College, Airborne Express, Cargill International, Wyeth-Ayerst Canada and more. We have more than 6000 software installations in the US and more than 40 foreign countries.

In March 2002, Kisco Information Systems moved to new administrative offices deep in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Saranac Lake, New York. While we continue to support our consulting clients in the downstate area with on site resources, this move has allowed us to increase our level of support for our software customers.

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