With the growing number of network attacks compromising both private and corporate information, it is no wonder that authentication security awareness is on the rise, and organizations are heavy on security. With increased security, we have seen the overall usability of logins decrease. Along with a strong password, you now need multiple authenticators for a stronger authentication: a One-time Password (OTP), login at a certain time or place, or maybe even a DNA sample. Let’s face it . . . the need for secure authentication has virtually caused usability to disappear, helpdesk calls to escalate, and productivity to dwindle.
Where did all the usability go?
At this point, you can see that a login needs to be secure to protect your private or corporate information, but with each measure of security taken to block the hackers and becoming heavy on security, usability has a tendency to get pushed aside.
Security, Less Usable
A secure authentication login consists of a username, password, and a second factor, also known as two-factor authentication (2FA), a code you must provide along with a strong password. A second factor for authentication can range from a YubiKey to a thumbprint scan, but a OTP is one of the most widely used second factors. This OTP can be sent to the user via SMS, phone call, etc. By entering in their strong password and the OTP, the user has accomplished a secure login by being heavy on security, but you have now created an extra step in the authentication process, thus increasing the time it takes to login and stifling usability.
Usability, Less Secure
It is too easy to enter in your email address and a password that you will never forget like your birthday, the high school you went to, or your address. Voila! You have achieved a usable login in a matter of seconds. These passwords are great if you want an easy login with loose authentication, but anyone that has access to a search engine has a very high chance of guessing your password, logging in as you, and stealing your identity.
A Balance Between Security and Usability: The Perfect Pair
With so many organizations heavy on security, how is this this balance achieved? One must look to an authentication solution that takes a transparent key/password that is passive to increase the usability but never compromises the security of the information being protected.
Many have voiced a need for restoring the balance between security and usability, and the authentication experts at PortalGuard have listened, giving you the increased usability for your heavy on security organization!
Stay tuned for PortalGuard’s 4.0 product release on June 3, restoring the balance between SECURITY and USABILITY!
It’s now here, PassiveKey! Others are already using the transparent authentication solution that strengthens security and increases usability.