Societe Generale switched authentication platforms for portions of internal access and some high-end clients who use the company’s investment Web portal. The leading French bank has opted to deploy 1,500 of Entrust’s IdentityGuard grid cards, and leaving open the possibility of further expansion.

In the process, and in the press release, SocGen took a shot at its earlier solution. “Not only did we save money by dropping our high-priced hardware tokens, we did so with an authenticator that is easy to use, simple to deploy and concurrently enables us secure access to our corporate resources, applications and intellectual property,” says Didier Lajarrige, IT manager at SocGen.

For the record, Entrust’s authentication portfolio includes much higher tech offerings than the grid card, including a range of “low-priced onetime password tokens,” as the company says in a press release.

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