Idenprotect partners with 2Go Mobile Now: 2Go Universal Mobile access just got even stronger security with Idenprotect Passport
2GoMobileNow and Idenprotect are excited to announce their partnership aimed at bringing the benefits of Idenprotect Passport’s innovative phishing-resistant password-less authentication technology to 2Go’s already strong security. This partnership will enable 2Go Universal Mobile Access users to work wherever and whenever they want without the need to develop any mobile apps, saving them both time and cost.
In today’s fast-paced business environment, it’s more important than ever to be able to work on the go. However, the rise of mobile devices and cloud computing has also made it easier for hackers and cybercriminals to steal sensitive data and compromise enterprise systems. That’s why secure authentication is crucial for businesses of all sizes.
Idenprotect passwordless solution provides additional layers of protection against cyber threats using its anti-phishing and Zero-Trust mechanisms. Designed to thwart today’s sophisticated authentication risks, it will protect your staff from phishing, MFA bypass and many other credentials compromise attacks that target users. This significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access, making it much harder for cybercriminals to steal sensitive data or compromise enterprise systems.
With 2Go and Idenprotect password-less authentication, system users can now enjoy a quick, frictionless experience on-the-go enabling them to use any and all of their enterprise applications with a swipe of the finger, whilst organisations can better protect their data from unauthorised access and disclosure.
What are 2FA and MFA?
2FA and MFA are seen as improvements to the security of a computer login. For over four decades, we have relied on the single factor being a password to obtain access to computers and systems. Although it may provide some security over using nothing at all, it isn’t an effective control and with over 80% of all data breaches being caused by a compromise of a password, its plain to see that and with attacks on passwords continuing to grow, relying on a password alone is simply not enough.
Two-factor Authentication (2FA) and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) were introduced to make it harder for attackers to gain access to computer systems.
The factors are based on three things:
- Something you know – a password or PIN
- Something you have – a smartcard, a security token
- Something you are – A fingerprint
2FA uses 2 factors of the list above, and MFA uses all three factors. However, with many second factors in their simplest form being another password (a shared secret), the vulnerabilities remain in that these can be stolen. With many organisations spending huge amounts of money on these technologies, they are unfortunately still vulnerable and potentially will suffer a data breach in the future.
What is Phishing-Resistant Authentication?
Phishing has become one of the most used cyber-attacks due to its effectiveness. Many attackers use phishing techniques to obtain security credentials from unknowing computer users.
Passwords, One-Time Passwords and SMS codes all fall into the category of shared secrets meaning that a secret exists in two places and often requires the computer user to have knowledge of that secret. This is a known weak link in security and despite additional controls and cyber security training, the use of shared secrets is the reason why phishing remains one of the most effective attacks.
Phishing-resistant authentication does not use shared secrets in the logon process and therefore removes the risk of a secret being obtained by an attacker that would almost certainly lead to a data breach.
How does phishing-resistant passwordless Authentication Work?
Phishing-resistant passwordless authentication typically works by requiring users to provide only their username (instead of a username and password). . With the use of an enrolled mobile application and the biometric sensor on that mobile device, the user can either request authentication from that device or respond to an authentication request from the server. No passwords or PINs are used, therefore an attacker has no-way to phish the credential.
Benefits of Phishing-Resistant Passwordless Authentication for 2Go Universal Mobile Access Users of Critical Business Systems
Using phishing-resistant passwordless authentication can bring several benefits to users of critical business systems when using 2Go Universal Mobile Access:
- Improved Security: Passwords are a weak link in security, as they can be easily compromised through phishing, social engineering, or other attacks. By eliminating passwords and using passwordless instead, users can significantly improve the security of their accounts and critical business systems. Passwordless provides an additional layer of protection against cyber-attacks.
- Greater Convenience: With 2Go Universal Mobile Access, users can work “wherever and whenever” they want, without the need to develop any mobile apps. Authentication mechanisms can also be designed to be user-friendly and convenient, such as using biometric authentication methods like fingerprints or facial recognition. Passwordless- access can also add to greater convenience, as users can quickly and easily access their accounts without the need to remember or enter passwords. This can be especially useful for mobile users who may be working on the go or in locations where entering passwords may be difficult or inconvenient.
- Regulatory Compliance: Many industries are required by law to implement strong authentication measures, such as MFA, to protect sensitive data and comply with regulatory requirements. By enabling password-less access with phishing resistance such as that provided by the combination of Idenprotect Password and 2Go Universal Mobile Access, businesses can ensure that they are compliant with all relevant regulations and standards.
- Cost Savings: Password-related issues, such as forgotten passwords or helpdesk calls, can be a significant source of cost and lost productivity for businesses. A study conducted by Ponemon Institute in 2019 found “… the average cost of a single password reset is around $70, and the average employee requires around 2.5 password resets per year, leading to a total cost of around $180 per employee per year.
In addition to the cost of password resets, organisations also need to consider the cost of managing password policies, enforcing password complexity requirements, and monitoring password usage. These tasks can be time-consuming and require significant IT resources, leading to additional costs.
Password-related security incidents can also be costly for organisations. A 2019 report by Verizon found that stolen or weak passwords were responsible for 80% of hacking-related breaches. These breaches can result in significant financial losses, reputational damage, and legal and regulatory penalties.
Overall, the costs and efforts involved in managing passwords can vary depending on the size of the organisation, the complexity of its IT infrastructure, and the level of security required. However, password management is a significant issue for organisations and one that can have a significant impact on their bottom line. “
Adopting a password-less approach to identity management, as offered by Idenprotect, can help organisations reduce these costs and improve their overall security posture.
Enabling passwordless access to critical business systems through the combination of Idenprotect Passportand 2Go Universal Mobile Access can bring a range of benefits to users, including improved security, enhanced user experience, increased convenience, regulatory compliance, and cost savings.
Through implementing this solution, businesses can provide their users with a secure, convenient, and efficient way to access their critical systems, no matter where they are or what device they are using.
By combining Idenprotect Passport with 2Go Mobile Now’s Universal Mobile Access platform, users can enjoy a powerful and secure mobile work experience that enables them to work “wherever and whenever” they want, without the need to develop any mobile apps. This saves both time and cost for businesses, while also ensuring that their data and systems are fully protected.
What’s the impact of deploying 2Go Universal Mobile Access within an organisation?
The workplace has evolved in recent years, and technology has played a crucial role in facilitating this change. With the advent of mobile devices, employees can now access critical enterprise applications anytime and from anywhere, providing employers with several benefits.
One of the most significant advantages of allowing staff to use critical enterprise applications on mobile devices is increased productivity. By having access to important applications on the go, employees can complete tasks outside the traditional office setting, such as while commuting, working from home, or travelling for business. This leads to greater efficiency and helps ensure that deadlines are met, resulting in a more productive workforce.
Mobile access to enterprise applications also increases employee flexibility, which can lead to higher job satisfaction and retention rates. Employees can better balance their work and personal lives, which has been shown to improve mental health and well-being. When employees are happy and content, they are more likely to be productive and committed to their work, leading to a better overall work environment.
In addition to these benefits, mobile access to enterprise applications can also increase collaboration among team members. With the ability to access important applications from anywhere, employees can communicate and collaborate with colleagues in real time, regardless of their location. This can lead to better decision-making, faster problem-solving, and improved overall team performance.
Another advantage of mobile access to enterprise applications is the potential cost savings for employers.
Allowing staff to use critical enterprise applications on mobile devices can have significant financial impacts on businesses. Here are a few examples:
- Cost savings on office space: By allowing employees to work remotely and access important applications from anywhere, businesses can reduce their need for office space. This can lead to significant cost savings on rent, utilities, and other office-related expenses.
- Increased productivity: When employees have access to critical enterprise applications on their mobile devices, they can work more efficiently and complete tasks outside of the traditional office setting. This can lead to increased productivity and faster completion of projects, which can translate into increased revenue.
- Improved collaboration: With the ability to access important applications from anywhere, employees can collaborate with colleagues in real time, regardless of their location. This can lead to better decision-making and faster problem-solving, which can result in increased revenue and improved overall team performance.
- Improved employee satisfaction and retention: Allowing employees to use critical enterprise applications on mobile devices can improve their work-life balance and lead to higher job satisfaction. When employees are happy and content, they are more likely to stay with their employer long-term, reducing turnover and associated costs.
- Reduced hardware and software costs: By providing employees with mobile devices, businesses can reduce their need for expensive hardware and software upgrades in the office. This can lead to cost savings in the long term, which can be reinvested in other areas of the business.
- Improvements in decarbonisation: By providing employees with mobile devices, businesses can reduce their reliance on less carbon-friendly technology such as desktops and laptops and help move their organisation forward On the Road to NetZero!
Overall, the financial impacts of allowing staff to use critical enterprise applications on mobile devices can be significant and wide-ranging. From cost savings on office space and hardware to increase productivity and improved employee satisfaction, businesses can benefit in many ways from investing in mobile technology for their workforce.
Allowing staff to use critical enterprise applications on mobile devices can improve cybersecurity. With 2Go’s partnership with Idenprotect, employers can ensure that company data and applications are secure, even when accessed outside of the office. This reduces the risk of data breaches and other security threats, providing peace of mind to both employers and employees.
In conclusion, providing staff with access to critical enterprise applications on mobile devices has several benefits for employers. These benefits include increased productivity, employee flexibility, collaboration, cost savings, and improved cybersecurity. As such, it is crucial for employers to invest in mobile technology to enable their employees to work efficiently and effectively, regardless of their location.
With 2Go Universal Mobile Access and Idenprotect Passport, businesses can rest assured that their mobile work experience is fully secure and optimised for productivity. Whether you’re working from home, on the road, or in the office, our partnership provides a seamless and comprehensive solution that enables you to stay productive and protected, at all times.
Marianna D’ Arcangelo
Product Marketing Manager