Digitization of enterprises is no longer restricted to the ERP or CRM systems. Even higher ed institutions around the globe are going through the digital transformation phase. The modern-day organizations are traveling on a fast-moving digital highway and are using a wide range of applications, primarily cloud based. However, just being on the cloud does not take away the security risks.
Usernames and passwords were invented back in 1964. Despite attempts to make static credentials more secure by adopting 2FA (two-factor authentication), utilizing OTPs, SMSs or hardware tokens, organizations are still vulnerable to phishing attacks, keylogging and other cyberattacks.
According to the 2019 Verizon Breach Investigations Report, compromised credentials are the reason behind 80% of all data breaches in 2019. Corporates and institutions of higher ed are aware of the security risks associated with shared or stolen passwords and are looking for solutions to help secure their applications. The perpetual onslaught of breaches over the last decade has clearly shown that passwords are not secure anymore.
Millions of dollars are spent in authentication, but still, users across different organizations and institutions use passwords to login to their systems/applications. This is because traditional MFA products still rely on passwords, leaving an opportunity for hackers to steal those credentials. Therefore, it has become important for organizations to deploy a powerful login strategy than can fortify security.
By eliminating the past reliance on security credentials (usernames and passwords), passwordless authentication strengthens organizational security by virtually removing the risk of compromised credentials. Going Passwordless means being able to verify a user’s identity without passwords. This is now the future of cybersecurity.
Gartner predicts, 60% or large and global enterprises, and 90% of mid-sized enterprises, will implement passwordless methods in more than 50% of use cases.
Relying on passwords for security was the thing of pass but eliminating passwords altogether with passwordless authentication can be far better. A password and a second-factor policy still retain the inherent flaws of passwords, plus users still have to remember passwords and safeguard secrets, so the security risk of password reuse continues to exist. There are many problems associated with passwords:
An average internet user has around 118 online accounts that require a password, and this number is expected to reach around 300 by 2022. It is a big challenge to keep track of so many credentials for an average user. Further, password complexity requirement vary application to application.
We are human afterall and the probability of remembering passwords to all these accounts is extremely difficult unless the user has same password for all applications. This hinders the user experience and drastically reduces productivity.
Passwords are the common avenue for identity attacks. There have been a number of breaches in the past due to weak or stolen passwords. Account takeover attacks and brute force attacks can actually deteriorate the security infrastructure of an organization.
Also, threats like man-in-the-browser attacks and man-in-the-middle attacks aim to take advantage by mimicking a login screen while encouraging the user to enter passwords. By requiring passwords, service providers are inadvertently putting users at risk to these types of threats.
Beyond the security headaches that password resets create, passwords are expensive to manage for IT. The lost and forgotten passwords need to be reset, most of the time through the help desk, which introduces downtime and expense.
Password resets create a significant amount of work for IT help desk personnel and hampers their productivity. It’s not only a productivity loss for IT personnel but also for end users waiting to get assistance. Large organizations spend up to $1 million every year on staffing and infrastructure to reset passwords.
Passwordless authentication is a type of multi-factor authentication (MFA), but one which replaces passwords with more secure authentication factors such as TouchID, FaceID or PIN. Authentication without passwords relies on the same principles as digital certificates – having a cryptographic key pair with a public and private key. Think of a public key as a padlock and private key as a real key that unlocks that padlock.
There is only one padlock for a key and one key for a padlock. Any user looking to create a secure account needs to use a tool to generate public-private key pair. The public key is provided to the browser, application, website or other online system(s) for which a user wants to access while the private key is stored in user’s local device and is tied to an authentication factor such as PIN, FaceID or fingerprint. It can only be accessed with this gesture that will be unique for each user and most importantly, only that user will have access to it.
Authentication without passwords gives organizations a massive leap forward in terms of a security posture. Passwordless is the future of hackproof security. Here are a few benefits of Passwordless Authentication:
A comprehensive passwordless authentication solution for customers, partners and employees across all channels and devices can make an organization more secure. It will reinvent the authentication wheel, providing a better user experience while giving better control to IT. Corporates have already started deploying passwordless authentication. Passwordless authentication is much more secure than password-based security. The world is going passwordless. When will you? Decide now before it’s too late.
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