Fast Identity Online (FIDO)
FIDO2 is a set of authentication standards developed by the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance. It uses public key cryptography to provide a simpler and more secure method of authenticating users. FIDO2 consists of two main components: the WebAuthn and CTAP protocols.
Three benefits of using FIDO2
Eliminating passwords and improving security
One of the key benefits of FIDO2 is that it eliminates the need for passwords. Instead, users can authenticate themselves using biometric devices, such as fingerprint scanners or facial recognition cameras, or by plugging in a security key (for example a YubiKey). This greatly reduces the risk of password-based attacks, such as phishing and brute-force attacks.
Simplifying identity and access management
For bigger enterprises, it can be particularly beneficial because it provides a standardized method of authentication that can be used across multiple systems and applications. This simplifies the management of user identities and login procedures and reduces the risk of security breaches due to weak or compromised passwords.
Better user experience
FIDO2 can also improve the user experience by making it easier and more convenient for users to access their accounts. Because you can eliminate the need for passwords, users no longer have to remember complex passwords or go through the hassle of resetting them when they forget.
Challenges with FIDO in large organizations
While FIDO can provide these significant benefits for enterprises, implementing it in large organizations can be challenging. Some of the difficulties that may be encountered include:
1. Legacy systems
Many enterprises may have legacy systems that are not compatible with FIDO2, finding a solution that can bridge this is key to implement FIDO in your environment.
2. User education
Users may be accustomed to using passwords and may require education and training on how to use FIDO. But when it is done it should result in less IT tickets.
3. Hardware costs
Implementing FIDO2 may require purchasing new hardware, such as security keys like YubiKeys or biometric devices, which can be expensive for large organizations.
Why you should use it
Despite these challenges, as seen, FIDO2 can provide significant benefits for larger organizations looking to improve their authentication and security. By eliminating passwords and using public key cryptography, FIDO2 can simplify access management, enhance user experience, and reduce the risk of security breaches due to weak or compromised passwords.
If this sounds interesting, contact us to learn how we can help you set up a security solution based on FIDO2 that works for you.
How we can help
Our solution can help address most of the challenges that may be encountered when implementing FIDO2. For example, our Gateway gives you an easy access management solution with full FIDO support that can provide a seamless user experience across multiple systems and applications.
It is combined with our ID Server to also let you choose all types of authentication methods, not only FIDO, to deliver a truly adaptable authentication solution for large and complex organizations. Because we know that not everyone needs or can use the same authentication method.