The Future of Security
With ransomware, data breaches, cyberattacks, and digital disasters on the increase, cybersecurity has never been more critical for ensuring business continuity.
However, more onerous security methods often mean a worse user experience and they don’t always improve your defensive posture meaningfully. Multi-factor authentication, frequent re-authentication, managing long lists of complex passwords, and constant oversight to manage security can bog down even well administered IT ecosystems.
Fortunately, there’s a better way. Passwordless authentication removes many of the headaches of password-based security — and many of its vulnerabilities.
Trust No One, Verify Everyone
Across industries, Zero Trust initiatives — where every user and device is suspect until verifiably proven otherwise — are being rolled out to safeguard sensitive data. One of the major impediments to moving to a Zero Trust model are outdated authentication methods, such as traditional passwords.
Passwords Are Risky
- Passwords are the most common form of authentication
- Stolen or weak passwords are linked to 80% of all data breaches
- Passwords are vulnerable to common man-in-the-middle attacks like phishing
- Even long, random passwords with a variety of characters offer diminishing protection
Passwords Are a Time Waster
In addition to increasing an organization’s attack surface, passwords are also one of the biggest wastes of employee time and technical resources in IT. Users frequently lose their passwords, locking themselves out and requiring an expert to reauthenticate them.
Yubico is Your Bridge to a Passwordless Future
Smarter, passwordless cybersecurity is being made possible thanks to hardware authentication devices and services like Yubico’s YubiKey, a U2F (Universal 2nd Factor), and FIDO (Fast IDentity Online), a protocol-compliant security solution.
- Simple scalability
- Ease of support
- Prevention of phishing attacks
- Origin binding
- Seamless integration with desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets
- Multiple form factors and input types (USB-A, USB-C, Lightning, NFC)
- One device for trusted login on multiple services and networks
- User self-service for provisioning, registration, and account recovery
- Fast deployment
- High durability with low maintenance (no screens, batteries, or moving parts)
- Biometric keys available
Yubico’s hardware solution is a physical device that only the user possesses and which seamlessly integrates with virtually every major digital platform.
No new or proprietary software is required for an organization to migrate to a Yubico system. It works natively with everything you’re already using, including all leading Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions:
- Azure Active Directory
Reduction in help desk calls from users with password problems
How much faster users can login compared to MFA with passwords
Number of YubiKeys already being used by risk-averse organizations
Accept No Substitutes
Many websites and digital services also offer passwordless SMS or email verification that send OTP (one-time password) codes whenever users login. So-called ‘email magic links,’ emailed links with a unique token that allow users to login without a password, are also fairly common.
Yet, solutions like those do little to prevent phishing attacks. A hacker with access to its target’s email or phone messages can still gain access to protected networks. Physical authentication with a hardware token like a YubiKey offers a level of protection that simply can’t be matched.