Balfour Beatty Capital is deploying a new data security system to protect its remote network.

The investment company, which is part of the Balfour Beatty engineering group, is using CRYPTOCard’s CRYPTO-MAS two-factor authentication platform to secure remote network access for its mobile workforce.

The cloud-based system will initially be rolled out to half of the company’s 750 staff via a software token application for BlackBerry smartphones.

Implemented by HP Information Security, CRYPTOCard’s system will be integrated into the firm's existing security suite, and used across network applications such as SharePoint server and email.

Harvey Seddon, technical manager at Balfour Beatty Capital, said, “Some 80 percent of our staff use laptops and work across multiple sites most of the time, so we needed a reliable authentication solution that works on mobile devices. 

"The great advantage of the BlackBerry tokens is that passwords can be accessed at any time and tokens cannot be misplaced or lost. As a cloud-based service, CRYPTO-MAS is operational anywhere, and it’s easy for us to deploy and for the staff to use."

Coventry City Council deployed a similar CRYPTOCard security system earlier this year to protect the digital identities of its remote workers.