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Zero Password Authentication: The Secure Fast-Track to Accessing Enterprise Data

October 09, 2019
Zero Password Authentication, Passwordless Authentication, Zero Sign On vs Single Sign On

If you have ever stood in line waiting to get through security at an airport, you have likely seen the CLEAR security program users who are fast-tracked in front of you. With CLEAR, after a short one-time signup process where you verify your identity, provide a fingerprint or eye scan, and show a picture of your face, voilà –you are enrolled. Once enrolled, you can walk through security by placing two fingers on a sensor and facing a camera. No picture identification is required, and your name doesn’t even have to be spoken. Next, you use the same biometric technology to unlock your phone and present a QR code to a scanner, and then your security journey is complete. The advantages of this are clear (no pun intended). The process is secure and smooth; there is only one thing you need – your mobile device.

Enterprise security, on the other hand, is often frustrating and disruptive. This is because passwords have good intentions, but bad consequences. According to a recent IDG survey, 6 in 10 employees are disrupted, irritated, frustrated and waste time on passwords. And 90% of security pros have seen unauthorized access attempts as a result of stolen credentials.

What if it were possible to apply the same biometric technology and fast-track logic used in the CLEAR airport security program to solve the long-standing overreliance on passwords in the enterprise? When you fly, you are inherently putting your most valuable thing, your life, in the trust of biometrics. If biometric authentication is trusted and effective for airport security, could it be trusted and effective for enterprise security? Could your mobile devices be your ID to access enterprise resources, like it’s your ID to get into the airport? The answers are yes and yes!

MobileIron is eliminating passwords, increasing security and giving employees secure fast-track access to enterprise data with its zero trust platform and zero sign-on technology. MobileIron’s zero sign-on experience is built on the company’s leading unified endpoint management (UEM) platform and powered by the MobileIron Access solution. Zero sign-on eliminates passwords as the method for user authentication, replacing single sign-on (SSO), which still requires at least one username and password. It provides adaptive authentication, including multi-factor authentication (MFA), based on risk.

MobileIron’s platform goes beyond identity and access management (IAM) and gateway approaches by utilizing a more comprehensive set of attributes before granting access. It validates the device, establishes user context, checks app authorization, verifies the network, and detects and remediates threats before granting secure access to a device or user.

As October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, I encourage you to rethink your security strategy and say goodbye to passwords. Usher in a new era of user authentication with a mobile ID and zero sign-on experience from any device, any OS, any location, to any service. To learn more, please contact a MobileIron Sales representative here.

Dustin Rhodes

Dustin Rhodes , Sr. Director, Strategic Solutions at MobileIron

About the author

Dustin Rhodes is an industry recognized thought leader with a decade of experience helping 10-200,000 employee companies design, build, and securely deliver end user computing strategies.

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