The Past, Present and Future of Strong Authentication

Brian O’Toole - Speaker at Nordic IT Security 2019

Patrick McBride

Chief Marketing Officer at Beyond Identity

Authentication is a foundational element of every cybersecurity program. With more than 80% of data breaches and most ransomware incidents stemming from credential-based attacks (e.g., phishing, credential stuffing, RDP brute, etc.), it has become clear that passwords are a fatally flawed authentication method. Unfortunately many common solutions are “band-aids” on top of passwords and are lacking from both a security and user experience perspective. Replacing passwords as an authentication factor is finally possible. While, eliminating passwords is a critical step in eliminating credential-based attacks, it is just a first step on the journey to advanced authentication and access control approaches that will be needed to achieve zero-trust.

In this talk, we will discuss:

  • A brief history of authentication
  • Changing requirements in the new work from home(or anywhere) business model and cloud-centric architectures
  • Can we gain risk-reduction improvements by converging the traditionally disparate identity and security processes and technologies?
  • A case for continuous user authentication
  • What is device risk and why is the real-time assessment of endpoint security important
  • What role does strong authentication playin Zero Trust?

With the Beyond Identity Passwordless Identity Platform, organisations can eliminate passwords, positively verify user identities, confirm device trust, and enforce risk-based access controls. Beyond Identity enables security teams to implement zero-trust so their organisations can safely and securely work in hybrid-work environments with increasingly cloud-centric IT. Organisations turn to Beyond Identity to stop cyberattacks, protect their most critical data, and meet compliance requirements.