How Enterprises Can Overcome Barriers to Password-Less Authentication


Password-less authentication strengthens security by eliminating all the passwords that users can’t possibly remember and frequently reuse, which benefits hackers. But before it can be widely adopted by organizations, it must first overcome some obstacles.

Humans are the weakest link in any security plan. Most breaches are because of password sharing, default passwords, and social engineering, all of which can be used to circumvent even the most advanced security measures.

Of course, defense-in-depth reduces the impact of these flaws. And switching to password less solutions is a good way to make it more difficult for credentials to be stolen. A strong and reliable identity infrastructure is crucial since knowing who the users are is half the battle. It’s also crucial to detect behavioral trends and respond to irregularities. In a hybrid, multi-cloud environment where a typical organization will run numerous identity systems, this is essential to an efficient defense-in-depth strategy.

Barriers to Password Less Authentication 

The transition to password-less authentication is fraught with difficulties. First and foremost, people dislike change. When asked to give up their familiar password-based login page and go through the hassle of enrolling a factor or device needed for normal passwordless flows, end users object. Additionally, app owners often refuse to change them to allow password less flows.

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It might be difficult and expensive to get through these barriers. The necessity to support passwordless solutions from several vendors can potentially make it worse. For instance, most password less solutions present integration issues at the app level that necessitate the use of SDKs to support even straightforward flows. When more than one solution is required, what happens? Or when it is necessary to employ a password less solution as both the main source of identification and authentication as well as a secondary authentication source? Or when behavioral analytics needs to be added on top?

With orchestration, it is possible to overcome the technical and human obstacles preventing the widespread adoption of passwordless access. Orchestration is fairly new in identity architectures, despite being widespread in virtualized computing stacks.

An identity orchestration layer can modernize legacy apps without rewriting them, so they integrate with new identity protocols and enable password-less authentication.

Identity orchestration offers app owners a number of practical advantages, such as the ability for an app to use any identity provider, to be secured with passwordless authentication, and to be taken off the compliance exception list, all without requiring any code modifications. Teams working on identification and security will be happy since their projects will be completed faster and at lower costs.

Implementing Identity Orchestration Framework

To begin, businesses must create a small test group that performs a single, isolated task and uses a legacy app that is specific to that task, such as the finance department and their accounting app.

Before expanding the distribution, they must first create a rollout plan that includes communications and user input. They must ensure the initial user base is fully aware of what to expect and how using the new passwordless services will benefit them. The data obtained from the pilot group must then be applied in order to make communication even more proactive and transparent.

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Working with application owners to integrate with their apps takes the majority of the time in almost any identity project, so keeping them informed about how it makes their lives easier can increase their willingness to collaborate as they juggle other business-driven activities.

By eliminating changes to apps and reducing disruption to user experience, identity orchestration can rollout of make password-less authentication more acceptable for both app owners and end users. Better security is integrated into apps and services as a result.

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