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PistolStar Now Offers Stronger Authentication and Enhanced Security, Usabilty and Compliance for Microsoft SharePoint and IBM WebSphere Portal

With PortalGuard, Administrators Benefit From Authentication Security and Access Control Features While Users Gain Productivity With Self-Service Password Capabilities

AMHERST, NH -- (Marketwire) -- 07/14/09 -- PistolStar, Inc., provider of tailored authentication solutions that address usability, security and compliance, now offers stronger authentication, self-service password recovery and password and authentication security features for Microsoft SharePoint and IBM WebSphere and WebSphere Portal. With PortalGuard, PistolStar's new browser-based authentication security software, SharePoint authentication and WebSphere Portal access is simpler and more secure, as users can self-manage their portal password while administrators obtain enhanced access control features that enable them to meet or exceed corporate authentication security objectives and compliance with government and industry regulations.

PortalGuard allows users to perform self-service password reset by responding to multiple, configurable challenge questions. This facilitates the recovery process in a highly secure way, even when users perform self-service password resets from offsite locations or on the road. Also, administrators are able to free up the time and resources used to respond to password change requests.

With PortalGuard's numerous configurable password and authentication security features, administrators can implement processes for stronger and consistently secure SharePoint authentication and WebSphere Portal access, thus preventing unauthorized access and assuring compliance auditors that data is protected. Users can be required to provide their username, portal password and a challenge question response to gain access. Other features provide the ability to perform crucial functions, such as configure the number of strikes for account lockout; limit multiple, concurrent logon sessions; lockout inactive users after 'n' days, validate password strength and apply password strength rules; and audit and record user login activity.

"Building on our success with Web Set Password for IBM Lotus Domino, we are now delivering the same powerful password and authentication security functionality for SharePoint authentication and WebSphere Portal access," states Thomas Hoey, president and CEO at PistolStar, Inc. "With the increasing level of security threats in today's enterprise, we are providing customers with solutions that are tailored to their environment and strengthen authentication to adapt to changing circumstances. SharePoint and WebSphere Portal end-users, IT administrators and corporate management equally benefit from PortalGuard's ease and convenience, enhanced authentication security and robust controls for compliance."

PortalGuard is a server-side software solution for SharePoint authentication and WebSphere Portal access that is easy to deploy and requires no hardware. More information on PortalGuard is available by going to the PistolStar Website or calling 603-547-1212.

PistolStar's authentication security software products provide simplified yet controlled access to several leading enterprise applications. For customers who have a unique user base, complex requirements, specific business drivers or multiple and diverse applications, PistolStar will enhance a solution adapted to their environment and delivered within the framework of its standard software product, including full maintenance and ongoing technical support.

With its tailored authentication solutions, PistolStar offers tremendous business payback -- increased productivity, improved efficiencies and enhanced authentication security processes -- delivering an immediate return on investment.

About PistolStar, Inc.

PistolStar, Inc. specializes in tailored authentication, providing software and professional services that fit with the customer's environment, as well as optimize authentication and address requirements for enhanced usability, security, auditing and compliance. The company's flexibility to work with any configuration of applications, authentication protocols and platforms enables it to deliver a tailored authentication solution that not only addresses critical business drivers but provides benefits that make a difference in users' attitudes and productivity, IT administrators' efficiency and the business' overall performance.

Launched in 1999, PistolStar is a pioneer in enabling authentication via Microsoft Active Directory and is an authority on authentication using Active Directory and Kerberos. PistolStar has sold its software to over 400 enterprises in the U.S. and abroad, comprising millions of users. It serves customers in a wide range of industries, such as pharmaceuticals, finance/banking, energy and healthcare, focusing on Global 2000 organizations with intricate security requirements.

To learn more about PistolStar's authentication security solutions and its support for SharePoint authentication and WebSphere Portal access, visit the PistolStar Website or PistolStar Security Blog.

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