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It's time to get back to work, let's do it safely

2021-01-11

How do we keep everybody working flexibly and get employees back together in a safe way?

 As we plan our longer term flexible working strategies, we expect that safe remote working will be the key to business success. As technology investments continue to drive this, we spoke with Kevin Turner, VP Sales Engineering at HYPR, and asked him how Passwordless Authentication can help.

 How do we give easy and secure access to devices and services to people who are going back to work? This is something we think about all the the time, how can we make it easier and in the same time more secure for both Consumers and Employees?

Passwordless Authentication with Zero Trust!

Zero Trust Authentication means by default that no user, device or application shall be trusted, instead the trust base of access control shall be reconstructed based on adaptive authentication, authorization and encryption technology. This is a brand new security concept and at HYPR we are dedicated to make it easy for organisations to implement Passwordless Authentication with Zero Trust, and to monitor, manage, provision and deploy passwordless policies across millions of user all from our fine grained FIDO access control center.

Home but never alone

 What about people working from home? There will still be a large number of people working from home. How do you fill the gap between people working from home vs in the office?

 It's important to ensure there is always an inclusive, "working together mentality"
We are always thinking about ways to make it easy for remote workers to access their workspace and to feel included, with the highest level of Authentication standard on the market FIDO2.

Tech is forcing us to Zero Trust

In general, the Zero Trust trend is here to stay and we see a rising need for physical authentication in combination with the mobile phone. We are therefore very happy to announce that we now support the SecurityKeys from Feitian. You can use different form factors from Feitian including their latest iePass FIDO2 SecurityKey's.

Kevin Turners Top 3 Recommendations:

 

Expecting your Identity Provider to get you there

 Legacy Identity Platforms were built on top of passwords and password-based MFA. While the IAM giants did an incredible job and revolutionized digital security, the elimination of passwords and shared secrets is not their core competency. In fact, authentication itself has always been an add-on feature for the IdP. There has been no need to invest significant resources in improving authentication. As a result, very little innovation has happened on that front.

Letting perfect be the enemy of Great

“We need everyone to be able to use the same authentication method everywhere, under all conditions, on day 1.”

This one-size-fits-all mindset often appears in large, complex organizations who are (rightfully) trying to eliminate passwords for all users. It is commendable to see project leaders striving to satisfy all use cases & edge cases on day 1. 

IT and Security Teams Who Are Not on the Same Page

The alignment of teams is critical to the success of a transformational project. Many IT initiatives have slowed down to a halt when departments are unable to meet eye-to-eye or have conflicting agendas. Any meaningful workforce transformation depends on your IT and Help desk becoming supportive champions of the project.

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