Authentication is an essential step in cybersecurity. In the recent years, passwordless authentication as an authentication method has become critically important as cyber attacks continues to evolve due to various adoption of technologies and practice into the IT infrastructure. The importance of passwordless authentication had also been highlighted by trusted research and advisory firms like Gartner and Forrester. Regardless, does the future means passwordless authentication-is it the end for password era?
The Dawn of Passwordless Authentication
At its core, passwordless authentication represents authentication method that dismisses passwords for access verification. The method include biometric, possession factors such as OTP and hardware token and magic links. Significantly, password authentication has not been safe for years now. The cyber risks that came about from the use of password authentication is expanding and this undeniably lead to a fragile cyber security. Thus, passwordless authentication is the future authentication method as it promotes better security by diminishing every existing cyber threats brought by password authentication.
Password authentication: It is the end?
These recent days witness a method called multi-factor authentication (MFA) where users have to undergo multiple verifications to gain access to their application. This is an evident that security can no longer rely solely on username and password as their cyber security practice. However, does this mean the end for password authentication? The answer may be a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Why so? While passwordless authentication is undoubtedly the future, let’s be reminded that there will never be one perfect cyber security solution. In other words, passwordless authentication itself may reveal weaknesses along the way of its implementation. Subsequently, passwordless authentication may need further improvement to extend its capability. Therefore, users should be opened to the possibility that there are situations that deemed the relevance of password authentication or the introduction to new method that completely abandon the use of password authentication. And for that, only time will tell.
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