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Thales' GrIDsure flexible authentication method allows an end-user to generate a one-time password without the requirement for hardware tokens or software applications. GrIDsure tokens work by presenting the end-user with a matrix of cells which contain random characters, from which they select a 'personal identification pattern' (PIP).

Whenever a user wishes to authenticate to a protected resource, they are presented with a challenge grid containing random characters. The user then enters the characters in the cells that correspond to their PIP. 


The end result is far superior to static passwords. Every time the challenge grid appears, the characters in the cells are different, so the user is always entering a one-time passcode. Plus, there's no hardware to lose.

GrIDsure is supported by SafeNet Trusted Access, and can be used to protect a wide range of use cases, including:

  • VPNs
  • Network logon
  • Cloud applications (Saas)
  • Web portals
  • VDI

Easy and secure pattern based authentication by Thales


SSO + MFA + Access Management

All in one platform

  • Specifications
  • Features

Grid TokensGrid tokens can be customized to optimize the user logon experience and changing security policy.

Grid Sizes Offered:

  • 5 x 5 cells
  • 6 x 6 cells
  • 7 x 7 cells

Grid Character Sets Offered:

  • Digits
  • Upper case letters
  • Lower case letters
  • Punctuation
  • Non-Trivial PIPs

Compatible With: Any application supported by SafeNet Trusted Access, including:

  • Local network access
  • Cloud applications
  • VDI
  • VPN
  • Web Portals

Grid AuthenticationKey Features:

  • Usability: Grid token is easy to use in any user population.
  • Zero Footprint: There is no hardware to distribute and no client software to install or maintain.
  • Ideal for Partner and Consultant access: GrIDsure is easy to use and to provision, making it ideal for securing external user access. Provision GrIDSure to external partners and contractors to secure access to partner portals or collaboration sites, without the hassle of shipping hardware tokens or installing software tokens.
  • Cost Effective: This low cost solution becomes even more attractive because there's no administrative overhead with provisioning users with tokens.

Key Benefits:

  • Pattern based "PIP" are easier to remember than PINs
  • Characters in the Grid change for each logon
  • No software to install or maintain
  • No hardware to distribute
  • Ideal for protecting web-based applications
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