Norio Fujita, President
With work from home quickly becoming the norm due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, it becomes imperative for organizations to protect essential and confidential information from being leaked. For companies that introduce telework, providing a safe and secure work environment such as information access from outside and remote login is important. In this scenario, attention is mainly on authentication technology. However, the conventional authentication method of IDs and passwords entered manually is hard to remember and also poses a risk of leakage. Organizations want to go beyond passwords and explore robust authentication technologies such as biometrics, hardware tokens, and two-factor authentication to enhance security. But they lack the resources and skills required to adopt these sophisticated technologies. Organizations are looking for ways to implement enhanced security methods such as multi-factor authentication easily. Serving the market for over three decades, Soft Giken offers various authentication technologies, including an onetime password, two-factor, and even passwordless secure authentication with FIDO2. The company’s security solutions support everything from two-factor authentication of PC log in to groupware (e.g., G Suite) authentication. “Soft Giken is committed on its mission to ‘make every world better’ to allow everyone to handle all information safely and securely,” says Norio Fujita, President, Soft Giken.
“YubiOn” Services: The Way toward Robust Security
Soft Giken offers numerous services under its security solution, YubiOn specially designed for PCs, servers, and FIDO certifications. The company’s YubiOn for Windows/Mac with YubiKey service enables clients to meet the increasing security requirements for telework, remote work, My Number support, PCI DSS support, by providing authentication in various situations such as machine logon, VPN, and cloud service authentication. Besides, Soft Giken provides a two-factor authentication solution that uses YubiKey's OTP when logging on to a PC. YubiKey of Yubico Inc. is an authentication tool that promotes FIDO authentication, to protect access to a myriad of applications with a single key. YubiOn PC Logon solution enables clients to easily introduce the two-factor authentication of the PC by simply installing the software and quickly allowing integrated management by the administrator. Similarly, the company provides services for FIDO2 Windows LogOn through its FIDO2-certified external authenticators like Yubico YubiKey, Security Key/Feitian Japan BioPass FIDO2/GoTrustIdemKey/AuthenTrend Technology AT.Key.
The YubiOnFIDO2 (R) Server service of Soft Giken caters to the "passwordless society" that the FIDO Alliance is aiming for. Clients can use biometrics authentication or security devices such as YubiKey on Web applications for PCs and smartphones. “In order to increase the security level and user experience with all external FIDO2 certified authenticators, we combined a Windows logon app with a cloud-based management site that centrally manages users, PCs, and external authentication devices,” explains Fujita.
Further, to accelerate the commercial use of FIDO2, Soft Giken has developed a server, YubiOn FIDO2 (R) Appliance Server, that implements FIDO2 authentication as an appliance. The server provides core network management technology indispensable for corporate infrastructure in the form of an appliance to reduce TCO of complex network management, improve visibility and availability, increase stable network uptime, support corporate business, and continues to provide ICT solutions. The company also offers various external authenticators and G Suite together with YubiOn. Above all, Soft Giken offers all its YubiOn services with a control function enabling the administrator of the information system department to manage accounts and improve the efficiency of work easily.
SoftGiken is committed on its mission to ‘make every world better’ to allow everyone to handle all information safely and securely
Among Soft Giken’s numerous success stories is that of Hokkaido Kensetsu Shimbun, a construction newspaper in Hokkaido. The clients had launched a membership website "e-kensin" in 2005 to carry out public works providing various information including Web bid information on Web media. This required secure authentication measures, but it was difficult to manage passwords due to the reuse of IDs. Hokkaido Kensetsu Shimbun used the YubiOn Solution and YubiKey to strengthen the authentication security of the website by introducing a multi-factor authentication service. In fact, the client will soon strengthen their authentication service on smartphones.
Exploring New Possibilities
Soft Giken's solution is relatively easy to install, has complete management functions, and can be customized, enabling strong authentication in a short period of time. With YubiOn, clients can reduce the operational cost, time, and labor of IT asset management while improving security by strengthening authentication. "By using YubiOn, the information systems department can focus on new data utilization, in-house service development, and new challenges such as digital transformation,” says Fujita. This is the reason the company has garnered clients like Fujitsu, Toshiba, and Mitsubishi Electric over the span of three decades. Having said this, Soft Giken is not limited to providing ‘YubiOn solutions’ developed in-house but is expanding its tie-ups with companies related to authentication technology globally. “With this, we will verify and evaluate various FIDO-certified external authenticators and provide the optimal solutions and devices to clients,” he adds.
For the days ahead, Soft Giken will continue to provide advanced and easy to use solutions to solve clients' multi-factor authentication requirements with a focus on FIDO2. Fujita believes that FIDO2, which enables passwordless and secure authentication, is certain to become an important technology in future authentication technology. Soft Giken will develop solutions that apply FIDO2 and FIDO authentication technology using the "YubiOn Solution" as a base technology. This will drive the company to grow while enabling more people and diverse industries to use secure authentication technology easily. In fact, the company's network security team is always exploring the latest technologies, including FIDO to offer the best services to clients. This will drive the company to grow, allowing diverse industries to easily use secure authentication technology while working to adhere to the company's corporate philosophy to improve the world.