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October 4, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Microsoft acquires authentication platform company PhoneFactor

Microsoft has acquired PhoneFactor, a company that specializes in multifactor authentication solutions, the two companies announced today.

Multifactor authentication refers to security systems where users must enter multiple forms of verification of their identity in order to gain access to secure data, a secure area, or to complete some kind of process or transaction.

“The acquisition of PhoneFactor will help Microsoft bring effective and easy-to-use multifactor authentication to our cloud services and on-premises applications,” Bharat Shah, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Division said in the news release.

The two companies’ plan is eventually for PhoneFactor’s technologies to be integrated into Microsoft’s offerings such as Active Directory, Windows Azure Active Directory and Office 365, according to a PhoneFactor FAQ on the acquisition.

PhoneFactor will continue to provide support for a range of its services, and new customers can still purchase PhoneFactor offerings directly from the company, according to the FAQ.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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