Security
Thursday September 2, 2021 By Microsoft Azure
Still using passwords? Here’s why you won’t be next year.

We are living in amazing times. The old security paradigms no longer fly. We need to transform our approach to security. The only people in the world who love passwords are hackers. Passwords are hard for us to remember & easy for hackers to guess. We really need to do more to protect our websites. The first thing everybody should do is turn on Multi-Factor Authentication. That will cut your exposure by 99.99%. That being said, MFA is not the most user-friendly approach. As always there is another stage technology must advance to. We are shifting from a world where usernames & passwords are the standard to a world where Passwordless Authentication is the standard. Welcome to the future of sign-in.

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The figures are in…Everyone hates passwords.

– There has been a 279% increase in security incidents at enterprises since 2016.

– 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords

– 20% of support costs for enterprise IT departments are about forgotten passwords.

The Passwordless revolution will allow you to get into applications & services faster, achieve a higher level of security & reduce IT support costs.

Think of your iPhone, you probably use face or fingerprint recognition. You might even use a PC that has face recognition technology. If you don’t use that kind of PC, you can use the Microsoft Authenticator App.

It allows you to log into your PC via your mobile. It isn’t going to stop there, it’s just getting started. A whole bunch of new solutions are on the way based on a new set of open standards called the FIDO2 set of standards. FIDO Stands for Fast Identity Online. You’re welcome. (Things like fingerprint usb keys, badges & wearable tech are coming).

In order to help everyone be more secure, more productive in a world without boundaries we must collaborate across our industry with security experts across the world. Passwordless Authentication is really taking off. Last month alone Microsoft estimated that 85 million people logged in using Windows Hello or Microsoft Authenticator to access all Microsoft Cloud Services. That’s really the growing trend for the future & its growing really fast.

It’s essential for all companies to protect both the privacy & security of its end users.

We are always asking ourselves how we can help you to keep them safer.

If you’re looking for more ways to learn about the case for strong authentication, what your journey to passwordless will look like, Click here to enjoy a webinar from Microsoft Security Team’s Amay Sankhe & Shawn.

What is Passwordless Authentication?

How to implement and use Passwordless Authentication

Learn more about PA:

– Why passwords don’t matter

Explore attacks on passwords and ways the password itself factors into the equation.

– The state of passwordless authentication in the enterprise

Learn how companies are moving to passwordless solutions and hear best practices from deployments.

– Achieving NIST assurance levels with Azure AD

Find out how to attain authentication assurance levels (AAL) to meet NIST guidelines using Microsoft solutions.

– Passwordless: What’s it worth

Join Bret Arsenault, Microsoft CISO, and Joy Chik, CVP of Identity, as they talk about the cost of going passwordless.

– Preparing your enterprise to eliminate passwords

Bret Arsenault, Microsoft CISO, shares how he implemented passwordless authentication for Microsoft employees and saves the company time and money.

– All about biometric authentication

Explore Microsoft’s research and recommendation on how to use biometric authentication securely.

– Microsoft Mechanics: Hands-on tour

Hands-on tour of the latest authentication updates in Azure AD for eliminating the use of passwords, including Temporary Access Pass.

– 10 Reasons to Love Passwordless

Explore the benefits and features of passwordless from product experts, including tips and guidance, in this blog series.

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