Signify has extended its two-factor authentication hosted services to provide secure access to cloud-based applications.

It is now providing secure access to cloud-based applications such as Salesforce.com and Google Apps, claiming that most software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions are still only allow authentication with static passwords that can be easily compromised.

Using the security assertion mark-up language authentication protocol, the new SaaS login component integrates Signfy's 2FA hosted services with SaaS applications. This enables users to log in using their existing two-factor token-based or tokenless credentials. Once logged in securely, Signify then allows easy ‘one click' sign-on to each cloud or SaaS application, without requiring further authentication.

Dave Abraham, CEO at Signify, said: “With the growing popularity of corporate SaaS applications such as Salesforce.com and Google Apps that present access to potentially sensitive data in the cloud, it is an anomaly that most enterprises still rely on just a user name and password for authentication.

“SaaS Login is designed to fill in this security blind spot with strong two-factor authentication and comply with industry policies and guidelines that increasingly specify 2FA for remote access. Many organisations do not realise that this includes access to SaaS applications.”