[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I'm Bill Evans, a member of the identity and access management team at Dell Software. This is part four of a five-part series on the questions you need to ask before purchasing a two-factor authentication solution. If you haven't seen the other parts yet, don't worry, you don't need to watch them in order. For this session, we're going to talk about the tokens, in particular what options are available for tokens and how are they priced.
This topic is very important to your decision, as not all tokens are the same, even when they look and function in the same manner. The first thing to consider is the overall selection of tokens-- what type of hardware tokens do they offer? And for software tokens, do they have one for all of the different phone operating systems? And what about SMS email and web based?
The second question to ask is how tokens are priced. For hardware tokens, are they offered on a term basis, say, three, four, five years? Or are they sold for the duration of the battery life, typically five to seven years? You'll need to ask the same question for software tokens-- are they offered on a term basis or do they have perpetual licenses that never expire? If they are offered on a term basis, will the new token need to be provisioned to the end user after the term is up?
Now that we've outlined what questions you should ask about tokens, let me tell you quickly how Dell Software's Defender tokens function. All Defender hardware tokens are sold for the duration of their battery life. And software tokens have a perpetual license that never expires. This reduces the cost, administrative burden, and end user destruction of redeploying tokens after only two, three, or four years. In addition, by offering a universal software token license, the administrator can easily reissue the appropriate device license, when a user decides to switch mobile platforms.
Well, that wraps it up for our question on tokens. Remember, the devil is in the details, and not all two-factor authentication solutions are the same. So check out the Videos tab on software.dell.com/defender to see the next part of our video series on the questions you need to ask before purchasing a two-factor solution.