Microsoft Corp. acquired Overland Park-based PhoneFactor Inc. on Tuesday for an undisclosed amount.
PhoneFactor, founded in 2001, offers phone-based authentication systems that protect financial accounts from fraud. Because its system uses telephone calls, text messages or cellphone applications, it is not part of the same computer system that operates the financial services platforms, making it less vulnerable to attack.
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) plans to use PhoneFactor to provide authentication services for its cloud and on-premises applications.
I see more of these phone-based multi factor authentication systems every day.