ISR Announces a Strategic Partnership with Yubico

Palo Alto, CA: The CloudGate authentication service for Google AppsTM started in December of 2008 in Japan, and since then it has grown along with the Google AppsTM ecosystem reaching 550,000 users in 1,000 Japanese and international companies in June of this year. Customers range from small law firms to 40,000 employee insurance companies.

CloudGate offers both ease of use and multifactor authentication security for a wide range of devices. Typically, end users sign on to the service from their office PCs in the morning, but as working hours are increasingly being spent outside the office environment, more and more users require access to the service through their smartphones and tablet but concerns about security and ease-of-use limit mobile use (less than 20% of daily accesses originate from mobile devices).

“Even though there is a strong need to enable mobile access for their employees, many companies allow only on-premise access because of security and ease-of-use considerations. By including support for the USB based YubiKey OTP, CloudGate’s security and usability will be greatly improved,” said Raul Mendez, CEO and founder of ISR corporation.

Starting November 25th, Cloud Gate will start offering a limited preview of YubiKey® authentication technology from Yubico, the leading provider of simple and secure online identity protection. Complete integration of YubiKey authentication in CloudGate’s services is expected to follow by the end of the year. The YubiKey is a strong authentication hardware solution that works instantly with computers and mobile devices for a range of Internet and enterprise applications. The device uniquely combines driverless USB and NFC authentication hardware with open source software. More than a million users in over 130 countries rely on the YubiKey for securing access to networks, computers and online services. Customers range from individual Internet users to e-governments and Fortune 100 companies.

“We look forward to working with ISR to demonstrate the unmatched ease of use and the superior level of security that the YubiKey provides,” said Stina Ehrensvard, CEO and founder of Yubico.

About International Systems Research Co. (ISR)
ISR, established in 1993 in Tokyo, is a certified Google Enterprise Partner (GEP) since 2008 that has been developing security and business related applications and services for the enterprise market since the early era of the Internet. Since 2008 ISR has offered the CloudGate Authentication service, which is Japan’s leading authentication service for Google AppsTM with more than 30% market share. The company is built on customer satisfaction, and as such will continue providing high quality products and services based directly on clients’ needs.


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