Whether you’re managing employee, partner or customer identities, adaptive control over user authentication and authorization has become a necessity. Given the risks and costs associated with an attack or breach, it’s more important than ever to move beyond passwords to a more secure and flexible form of authentication.
No longer can a username and password alone be used to decide whether a user can be authenticated or given access to a resource. Adaptive authentication and authorization allow you to evaluate contextual, behavioral and correlated data to make a more informed decision and gain a higher level of assurance about a user’s identity.
of hacking-related breaches leverage either stolen and/or weak passwords
Source: Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report
As attack vectors become more sophisticated, adaptive policies allow you to strengthen your security posture. Adaptive authentication and authorization controls can reduce your attack surface by automatically requiring a higher level of assurance for users authenticating from certain IP addresses or geolocations. They can also evaluate a number of criteria, like when a user last authenticated, before granting access to a resource.
Adaptive policies also allow you to deliver a better user experience by giving your users the convenience and ease of use they expect. While adaptive controls are ideal for keeping bad guys out, they also streamline and enable easier access for users who have safe and predictable patterns of use. For employee use cases, this translates to increased efficiency and productivity.
To establish these critical controls and allow for modification as conditions change, modern IAM solutions must provide a rich set of administrative tools. The following guide provides an overview of recommended adaptive authentication and authorization capabilities, and illustrates how the Ping Identity Platform measures up.