Akamai MFA Provides FIDO2 Multifactor Authentication Without Hardware Security Keys
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM ), the world’s most trusted solution for protecting and delivering digital experiences, today announced the launch of Akamai MFA, a phishing-proof solution designed to enable businesses to quickly deploy FIDO2 multi-factor authentication (MFA) without having to deploy and manage hardware security keys. Akamai MFA uses a smartphone app that turns existing smartphones into a hardware security key to provide a hassle-free user experience.
Current MFA approaches that do not use FIDO2 can be easily manipulated and replayed by attackers using phishing or man-in-the-middle attacks. FIDO2 is the industry standard for providing secure MFA and is the starting point for password-less, user-less authentication. To achieve this level of security, organizations must currently distribute and manage hardware keys, which incurs additional costs and increases complexity.
Akamai MFA is designed to provide an easy-to-use, phishing-proof experience for employees, using the strongest standards-based authentication method available and through a smartphone app in place of a security key physical. The solution is based on FIDO2, which provides end-to-end cryptography and a sealed challenge/response flow, which enables enterprises to benefit from the best multi-factor security at no additional cost, and offers a simple upgrade path to as their authentication needs change.
“Standard second-factor push notifications are easily compromised unless organizations deploy and manage hardware security keys, which adds considerable complexity,” said Rick McConnell, president and CEO of the Security Technology Group of ‘Akamai. “Akamai MFA offers all the benefits of FIDO2 standards and uses phishing-proof push to smartphone that allows businesses to take MFA to the next level of MFA security without the need for hardware security keys. ”
“When it comes to MFA technologies, push is king; nothing is easier, and the addition of phish-proof FIDO2 protection makes it secure, ”said Jay Bretzmann, Program Director, IDC Security Products. “Akamai understands the need for low friction authentication approaches as it is at the forefront of identity and access technology and increasingly lends its expertise to on-premises implementations. work, as we all face the realities of remote workers due to COVID-19. ”
Deployed on the Akamai Intelligent Edge platform, Akamai MFA can be centrally enabled and managed through Enterprise Center, with global reach and scale for resiliency and performance. The service integrates with industry-leading identity providers, including Microsoft Azure AD, Okta, and Akamai Enterprise Application Access. Additional integrations are supported for Secure Shell (SSH) and Windows Login use cases.
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