Hard tokens were once the gold standard in user authentication, but they have met with resistance all along. Many IT admins have reported that their users never really adopted the hard tokens. They are cumbersome to use and, being physical objects, employees have to carry around something extra. This approach is bound to fail, as employees will forget their hard token from time to time or misplace it and need to have a new one sent to them. Excuses like “My dog ate my hardware token” might be funny at first, but the avalanche of calls to your IT department from frustrated employees who cannot log in will quickly become a pain for both IT and the other employees.
Trends such as BYOD and the widespread use of cloud services have expanded the threat landscape and put a strain on IT security. For instance, Gartner predicts that by 2016, eight percent of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers, and more than 30 percent of BYOD strategies will leverage personal applications, data and social connections for enterprise purposes.
Navigating the market for multi-factor authentication in search of the right solution can be tricky. This is especially true for companies looking to implement multi-factor authentication for the first time, but also for companies that already have a solution in place but are thinking about migrating to a more secure and convenient solution. At some point in your search you will likely encounter them: the hardware tokens. These first-generation two-factor authentication solutions come in many shapes and colors, but they all have four things in common:
2015 is well underway. Looking back, it is clear that 2014 was another successful year for the hackers as the number of breaches continued to climb – with millions of records exposed as a result.
The good news is that, fortunately, more and more companies are recognizing that passwords are no longer enough to keep their data safe and are adding strong multi-factor authentication to keep their network and cloud applications secure. This trend will, without a doubt, continue in 2015, and I thought I would share a few tips to help those of you looking to step up your user authentication this year.
Here are eight user authentication mistakes to avoid:
As many others I saw the Microsoft Outlook Client in the AppStore and installed it on my iPad. My iPad had never connected to our Exchange server before, so I began the process enrolling my device with SMS PASSCODE’s Secure Device Provisioning feature which is a standard component within our Multi-factor Authentication platform.
Recently, the cloud world experienced a huge punch to the gut. Microsoft Azure went down for some hours in different services, affecting millions of users in many different regions around the world. Once again, it raises the question of whether “cloud” is the right way to go or not. Perhaps the concern is that you can become “too cloudy.” I don´t believe anyone has the ultimate, definitive answer to that question – yet.
The workforce is becoming increasingly mobile, offering greater convenience and productivity for employees on the go. However, this shift has created significant security concerns as well. Providing remote access to business applications and data can become a real IT headache as people move from one location to the next and log in from a variety of mobile devices.
Knowing what’s myth and what’s fact is essential to avoid running unnecessary risks to your business. Myths can lead to false assumptions and thinking that your business is not at risk of being breached by hackers. So let's take a closer look at some of the most common myths out there.
We can all agree that there are serious IT threats out there today that all companies need to protect themselves against. Working with IT security every day I have seen a lot of what today’s hacking community has to offer, yet I’m still amazed by the strength and sophistication of the hacking tools used to steal identities and breach corporate networks.