Tools4ever's Self Service Password Management has always been available with a web interface, in order to allow users to reset their Active Directory passwords from an intranet or via the web. On the basis of a number of simple, predefined questions end-users can reset their password. Although this has been widely adopted in mostly educational establishments, some form of two factor authentication has been requested by many of our corporate customers. On the 18th of February we released SSRPM Security Module, which adds two-factor authentication via email. Two-factor authentication (TFA or 2FA) means using two independent means of evidence to assert an entity's identity to another entity.

When a user logs onto the Active Directory domain for the first time following an SSRPM deployment, as well as answering a question set configured by the administrator, they will also be asked to supply a private email address. If an end user should subsequently forget their password, they can answer the challenge questions in the standard way. However, before they can reach the final stage and submit a new password, they must first enter the PIN emailed to their private address. This scenario illustrates the basic parts of most two-factor authentication systems; the "something you have" + "something you know" concept. Two-factor authentication secures the web interface already. But we intend to extend this even more by enabling the forwarding of PINS to mobile phones by SMS. Watch this space for further information!