HYPR and Yubico: The Power of Passwordless Choice
Michael Rothschild, HYPR
3 Min. Read | August 31, 2023
With cybersecurity threats constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated, organizations are grappling with the challenge of safeguarding their sensitive data and systems. The rise of AI-strengthened phishing attacks and vulnerabilities associated with traditional password-based authentication methods have pushed organizations to explore innovative and secure authentication solutions. In response to these pressing concerns, a dynamic partnership has emerged between two industry leaders: HYPR and Yubico. This partnership offers a comprehensive solution that provides flexible and choice-driven passwordless multi-factor authentication (MFA), effectively addressing the diverse needs of modern businesses.
The Landscape of Security Challenges
As technology advances, so do the methods employed by cybercriminals to breach systems and steal sensitive information. Traditional password-based authentication methods have proven to be vulnerable to attacks like phishing, credential stuffing, and man-in-the-middle attacks. To counteract these threats, organizations need authentication solutions that are not only robust but also user-friendly. This is where the HYPR | Yubico partnership comes into play.
The Power of Choice: Hardware vs. Software-Based Passwordless Security Keys for Authentication
The heart of the HYPR | Yubico solution lies in providing organizations and users with the freedom to choose between hardware and software-based passwordless security keys; both support passkeys and are FIDO Certified. This unique approach caters to different use cases and user preferences, ensuring a seamless and secure login experience across diverse environments and devices, including Windows, MacOS, Linux and VDI workstations.
Hardware-based authentication options are critical in scenarios where end-users may lack access to smartphones or may prefer not to use them for authentication. This includes sectors such as call centers, banking, retail, and remote locations, where mobile phones may be prohibited or impractical.
On the other hand, organizations can opt for software-based authentication, where smartphone-based virtual FIDO-based tokens eliminate the need to purchase and provision physical tokens for each user. This streamlines the enrollment process and enhances user convenience.
The Strength of the Partnership: Features and Benefits
The HYPR | Yubico partnership brings forth a host of features and benefits that contribute to an organization's security, compliance, and operational efficiency:
- User Choice: Users are empowered to authenticate securely in any environment, at any time, by choosing between hardware or software-based FIDO Certified passwordless security keys.
- Complete Coverage: The joint solution seamlessly integrates with major identity technologies, including Identity Providers (IdPs), Identity and Access Management (IAM) systems, and Single Sign-On (SSO) services, providing comprehensive coverage adaptable to diverse environments.
- Compliance and Regulatory Alignment: The availability of both virtual and physical passwordless security keys enables organizations to comply with varying security standards and guidelines across industries and jurisdictions, ensuring alignment with regulatory requirements.
- Administrative Ease: Organizations can efficiently provision and manage both YubiKeys (physical security keys) and HYPR virtual FIDO tokens from a single console. This streamlines authentication management, enhances administrative efficiency, and simplifies onboarding processes.
- Future-Proofing: The combination of virtual and physical tokens ensures organizations are prepared for future authentication technologies, guaranteeing ongoing security enhancements.
- Risk Reduction: The deployment of FIDO and smart card-based MFA effectively combats various attacks, including man-in-the-middle attacks, phishing, and credential stuffing. This enhances security across all users and use cases.
- Improved User Experience: By reducing login streams and offering the choice between passkeys (FIDO credentials) or smart cards, user satisfaction increases while minimizing security fatigue and failures.
- Cost Efficiency and Revenue Growth: The unified provisioning, management, and auditing platform reduces costs related to password resets, help desk calls, and authentication-related downtime. This efficiency enables organizations to redirect resources toward core business objectives, thereby increasing overall value and customer trust.
Building a Secure Foundation for the Future
In the face of relentless cyber threats, the HYPR | Yubico partnership delivers a robust and forward-looking passwordless authentication solution. By empowering organizations to effectively counter threats, meet compliance requirements, reduce costs, and enhance user experiences, this partnership sets the stage for more secure authentication operations. As organizations embrace the future of authentication, they not only establish a strong security foundation but also foster user trust, driving overall business success. To learn more about the joint solution, arrange a demo.