NetScaler Unified Gateway One Time Password

How to set up and use the One Time Password (OTP) native feature in NetScaler Unified Gateway.

NetScaler Gateway now supports one-time passwords (OTPs) without having to use a third-party server. In addition to reducing capital and operating expenses, this feature enhances the administrator’s control by keeping the entire configuration on the NetScaler appliance.

Note that, since third-party servers are no longer needed, the gateway administrator has to configure an interface to manage and validate user devices.

NetScaler Unified Gateway is a Single Sign-On and an SSL VPN solution. It provides consolidation of all remote access solutions and allows an end-to-end SSO across all applications. With SSO across applications that are in the datacenter, cloud, or delivered as SaaS, NetScaler Unified Gateway is a complete solution that helps improve security and user experience, simplify management, and reduce costs.

With NetScaler version 12.0.51.24, we are further enhancing the value with NetScaler Unified Gateway. Not only do we allow consolidating point products for remote access and SSO, but also any third party solution that provides a One Time password (OTP).

Time-basedOne Time Password (OTP) are a way of authenticating users. It is called One Time Password, since the password code changes each time. OTPs have transformed from being a hardware-based authentication device, to software based applications that can be installed on your smartphones. For implementing an OTP, customers need an OTP generator and an OTP validator. The OTP generator is what users have that displays the password, whilst validator is the one that verifies the one-time password generated by the user token. NetScaler Unified Gateway can now act as a validating server for OTP thus avoiding a need for an external third party server, thereby simplifying the network and helping reduce cost. By using Google Authenticator mobile application on your iOS and Android phones or Windows Authenticator on Windows phones as OTP generators, you can use OTP as your multi-factor authentication schema at no extra cost.

NetScaler Unified Gateway also works with any third party OTPs like Symantec VIP, RSA SecureID etc., if you are currently using one already.