The transformation towards cloud native as well as the increase of distributed workforce trend in organisations had changed our environment into the world without boundaries. While these changes significantly improve productivity and the growth of companies, it also brought about a more complex and critical cyber security issues. As a results, organisations need a more advanced security solution, hence, the rise of passwordless authentication adoption. Let’s discover what is passwordless authentication through this post.
What is passwordless authentication?
Passwordless authentication is an authentication method that does not involve entering password or answering security questions to give users access to any application or IT system. In other words, passwordless authentication is a method that uses other method than password for access such as fingerprint, proximity badge, facial recognition and hardware token code.
Password authentication vs passwordless authentication
Today, as people are more connected to the internet through internet of things (IoT), password authentication had become the most used first-line of defense for cyber security. However, the effectiveness of password authentication is now becoming a question. Primarily, since the use of passwords had existed ever since the introduction of internet making it the main target of attackers since day one. Secondly, in order to increase security, the best move is to use different passwords for every single application, however too many passwords are inconvenient leading to users using simple, weak and repeating passwords.
Passwordless authentication, on the other hand, is convenient. Let’s take biometric authentication as an example. With this method, users do not need to remember certain key numbers or code to gain access to their system or applications, the only key is the users themselves (it can be the users’ fingerprint, face or voice) and most importantly the security is at higher level.
In conclusion, the use of password as an authentication method is no longer relevant in reducing the risk of cyber attacks today. Organisations need to adopt a more effective method, which is the passwordless authentication as it provides better security.
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