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April 2007

Authentication: 2007 Readers' Choice Awards

GOLD | RSA SecurID RSA Security Price: $2,995 for an annual subscription For Andy Pruitt, chief technology officer for Backstop Solutions Group, an on-demand platform for hedge funds, RSA was the only vendor that worked with the firm's particular integration needs. "They took the space seriously," says Pruitt. "[Other vendors] didn't get it. The integration level we needed was deep because we had to be able to control the administration." Web-based services, compliance and the continual onslaught of data breaches are fueling the market for stronger authentication. As a vendor with more than 20 years experience, it came as no surprise that RSA Security and its SecurID came on top. The reasons it edged out its competitors: ease of use, integration and compatibility, according to readers who use the product. When Backstop Solutions Group started to look at authentication products last July, it brought in a number of vendors. Initial meetings went well, but when Backstop started to get more specific about its needs, "that's when ...

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