OPAQ Networks joins with Duo Security to provide two-factor authentication as a security service



OPAQ Networks, a network security cloud company, announced on Monday a technology alliance with Duo Security to integrate Duo with the OPAQ security-as-a-service platform. OPAQ managed security services partners can now offer Duo’s Trusted Access platform to protect their customers’ systems and data from unauthorized access.

Duo verifies the identity of the user and the security posture of the device before allowing access to any critical applications. The integration of Duo and the OPAQ platform enables partners to centrally enforce user authentication and device authorization as a component of the cloud-delivered security service.

Duo can be used to verify users accessing the OPAQ 360 Management Portal and/or non-IT users to protect network access and specific high risk applications, data and assets. It is also integrated with OPAQ’s software-defined network segmentation technology, whose asset management, micro-segmentation, and quarantine capabilities are linked to Active Directory/LDAP and delivered through an endpoint agent.

According to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, 81 percent of breaches leveraged stolen or weak passwords. Adding 2FA capabilities to both internal and cloud applications has become a best practice, as companies attempt to combat the rampant increase in phishing attacks, ransomware and other threats.

“Incorporating Duo’s capabilities into OPAQ empowers our partners to deliver enhanced access control best practices,” said Ken Ammon, Chief Strategy Officer for OPAQ Networks. “Duo is best-in-class when it comes to zero-trust security. This partnership allows us to extend our enterprise-grade protection capabilities, which managed security services providers can centrally control and enforce from the OPAQ 360 portal.”

“Both Duo and OPAQ strongly believe in democratizing security best-practices for organizations of all sizes. In delivering effective security for our customers, both companies are taking a cloud and mobile-first approach,” said Ruoting Sun, Head of Technology Partnerships for Duo. “This partnership between Duo and OPAQ makes it easy for mutual partners to ensure that only trusted users and devices are accessing OPAQ 360.”

The integration of the OPAQ cloud platform and Duo is now complete. Managed security services providers can combine the OPAQ Cloud and Duo to provide a tightly coupled offering.

 

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