The Benefits and Challenges of Passwordless Authentication

Helpnetsecurity.com publishes an article by Dmitry Vyrostkov, DataArt’s Chief Security Officer, on the benefits and challenges of passwordless authentication, which Gartner predicts will soon be implemented in half of all use cases by 60% of large and global enterprises and 90% of midsize enterprises.

«Passwordless authentication swaps traditional passwords for a system that identifies users by more secure methods such as “possession factor” or “inherent factor.” By switching to a passwordless approach, companies provide their employees with the same effortless and secure authentication methods that users experience on their smartphones (e.g., FaceID or fingerprint scanner). Sometimes this is confused with 2-factor authentication, because the second factor of 2FA is typically passwordless, but passwordless access is different.»

«Passwordless authentication is a relatively new method so it can be challenging to choose the type of implementation relevant to your needs. Below we compare the advantages and disadvantages of using email, a mobile authenticator, and hardware token.»

«Although passwordless represents a more secure authentication method, there are still challenges in the deployment of this model. The biggest issues are associated with the total budget and migration complexity. The budget should include costs for buying hardware and expenses for setup and configuration. There is also the challenge of overcoming the old-school mentality when employees and IT leadership are resistant to a move away from familiar and conventional security methods.»

Original article can be found here.

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