Balfour Beatty Capital has selected CryptoCard's Crypto-Mas managed two-factor authentication solution to offer secure remote network access for its mobile workforce.

The investment arm of the engineering firm cited reliability, cost efficiencies and high rate of user adoption as key competitive advantages of Crypto-Mas, with the cloud-based solution initially rolled out to half of the company's 750 staff via software token application for BlackBerry smartphones.

Recommended by HP Information Security, the solution will be integrated into the existing security suite and used across network applications, including SharePoint server and email.

Harvey Seddon, technical manager at Balfour Beatty Capital, said: “Some 80 per cent of our staff use laptops and work across multiple sites most of the time, so we needed a reliable authentication solution that works on mobile devices.

“The great advantage of the BlackBerry tokens is that passwords can be accessed at any time and tokens cannot be misplaced or lost. As a cloud-based service, Crypto-Mas is operational anywhere, and it is easy for us to deploy and for the staff to use.”

Neil Hollister, CEO of CryptoCard, said: “Providers must be able to demonstrate to their customers that their services come with strong user authentication, designed to protect all their applications and across platforms. Crypto-Mas allows them to do just that, while also achieving cost and time savings for both themselves and their customers.”

The Crypto-Mas cloud-based authentication service enables systems integrators and service providers to offer authentication as a commodity to their customers via a single cloud-based platform.