Will the computer password become obsolete?
Who has never forgotten their password? And who uses the same easy-to-remember password over and over again for the 30, 50, or even 100 accounts we log into regularly? People have a hard time remembering dozens of passwords. On top of that, passwords should be as cryptic & long as possible and should be changed every few weeks.
The World Password Day is supported by industry giants like Intel, Amazon, McAfee and many more companies. The goal of this initiative is to keep reminding us of the relevance of secure passwords. The fact that this is obviously necessary is surprising, especially when you consider how many people around the world are affected by theft of their login data by cybercriminals.
Is the computer password a discontinued model?
According to a study conducted by the IT industry association Bitkom, data theft, sabotage and industrial espionage cause German companies damage of around 55 billion euros – every year!
Verizon’s Data Breach Investigation Report found that 81 percent of data breaches were caused by stolen passwords. Market analysts from Forrester Research assume that 80 percent of data loss and data theft incidents, as well as other unauthorized access, involve users and administrators with extended and incorrectly assigned rights.
Enterprises that protect sensitive business-critical data using a simple password have been very rewarding – for cybercriminals. Although none of the currently available security solutions are 100% secure, there are still many companies and government agencies that forgot to use authentication solutions and somehow hope not to being hacked.
This suggests where the journey is going: remembering passwords and entering them somewhere x times a day is simply no longer in tune with modern times. Authentication itself is of course necessary, but it no longer necessarily requires our attention. In a largely automated environment, we can expect modern identity and access management systems to support us here as well.
Single Sign On simplifies computer password management
Single Sign On (SSO) means that users only have to log on / authenticate once at a workplace and can then access all the applications and systems they need without having to log on to them each time.
Single sign-on with one computer password simplifies access
Single Sign On (SSO) solutions make it easier for users to access all systems and applications in the company and are based on the central Identity and Access Management solution. Users log on to their desktop as usual and then have access to all applications that require a password. It makes no difference whether the initial logon takes place on the local Windows or Linux PC, on a web portal or in a virtualized desktop infrastructure such as Citrix.
If necessary, users can change or reset their password themselves via a self-service portal. With Single Sign On, password management is significantly simplified, saving numerous calls to the user help desk and thus reducing costs.
The benefits of Single Sign On:
Single Sign On significantly simplifies password management, improves user experience and reduces costs.
Increased security, as users only need to remember one password. This means that this password can be changed regularly, be cryptic and long.
Time savings, as only one authentication is required at the central single sign on system to access all applications and systems.
The time needed to reset passwords is significantly reduced.
Phishing attacks are made much more difficult, as users only need to enter their login details once and in one place, rather than in x number of different applications and systems.
This login in the single sign on process can be checked for correctness and integrity much more easily: URL, SSL server certificate, etc.
Computer Password – Summary & Outlook
For many more years, there will still be the “classic” computer password, because there are a large number of systems and applications that require it. What needs to change, however, is the secure management of identities and the extensive automation of the login process. This is exactly what our solutions, that are well proven in large projects, make possible.
Single Sign On is not only suitable for enterprises to authenticate users against enterprise applications and systems. SSO is also becoming more and more prevalent in the web/portal and cloud environment.
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