In the wake of this month's embarrassing security breach at RSA, CA Technologies has become the latest rival to launch a trade-in scheme, offering RSA SecurID token customers a one-for-one swap with its own CA ArcotID software package.
CA is offering a three-year enterprise license for its software credentials, including access to CA Arcot WebFort authentication servers, for every RSA token handed in by 30 September.
Arcot security solutions general manager Ram Varadarajan said that "hardware tokens are a security mechanism whose time has expired".
"The inconvenience of carrying an additional key fob or device for today's increasingly mobile workforce is not practical, and the difficulty of remediation in case of a breach can be overwhelming," he explained.
The Arcot package, which works across multiple apps and environments, including mobile and tablet devices, works using cryptographic camouflage technology, which CA claims is more efficient than hardware tokens and means users can react to breaches far faster.
CA added that organisations create, manage and store their own keys for all users, meaning it does not hold any information on individual credentials.
End-users signing up to the migration programme will receive a Rapid Implementation Service from RSA to get them uip and running, with those requiring additional services or customised implementations being directed towards its VAR channel, said CA,