(Gawkwire.com) SoftLayer Technologies® today began offering the VeriSign® Identity Protection (VIP) two-factor authentication system as an additional layer of security protecting customer account access. SoftLayer is an infrastructure as a service provider, and allows customers to manage their entire IT environment via a proprietary Customer Portal. With VIP, customers can now require a second level of authentication to log into the Portal.

“Our customers want the highest assurance their infrastructure is protected. Authentication is key to that confidence,” said George Karidis, Chief Strategy Officer for SoftLayer. “VIP provides a powerful safeguard against unauthorized access, protecting our customers from the costs and challenges of online fraud and malicious activity.”

The VIP system requires a unique security code (in addition to a user name and password) to access an online account. Each time a user wants to access their account, they create a new security code via a VIP “credential”—a VIP Security Card, VIP Security Token, or the new VIP Access for Mobile application for iPhone® or Blackberry®. Requiring the security code significantly increases security; user names and passwords can be guessed or otherwise discovered, but users alone have access to their VIP credential and can generate a valid code. VIP is available free of charge for one user for all SoftLayer customer accounts, and only $3/month for each additional active user.

“We’re proud to partner with VeriSign to offer this important service. They’re the gold standard, protecting online services that range from shopping to banks and brokerages,” said Nathan Day, Chief Technology Officer for SoftLayer. “VIP gives our customers the confidence that comes with the VeriSign name, and the ability to use the same authentication method they utilize with other VeriSign partners.”

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