The pressure for IT leaders to manage end-users and applications in multiple places, whether in the cloud or on-premise, grows more complicated by the day. While the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to adopt a mobile workforce strategy, many organizations were already enjoying the numerous advantages of deploying a remote workforce. From the cost advantages to increased data accessibility, now more than ever, businesses have greater flexibility to share information across the enterprise with superior interconnectivity.
The human element of data breaches
However, it must be said that with more flexibility and information sharing comes significant risk. According to a recent poll, users have around 27 different usernames and passwords used to access both business and personal accounts. In practice, many employees use the same credentials to access social sites like Facebook and LinkedIn or apps like MyFitnessPal or Spotify as they do to log into their corporate email. This lack of discretion in the IT environment creates a virtual playground for bad actors and reduces the security posture of the organization.
The challenge for IT leaders
It’s no secret that most data breaches contain a human element with a substantial number of those breaches involving compromised credentials, often across multiple platforms. According to a recent report by Verizon, more than half of data breaches involved database hacking. That same report highlighted that 18% of data breaches stemmed from stolen login credentials from employees. What are IT leaders to do with employees playing such a significant role in the inadvertent access of corporate data? In most cases, password encryption simply isn’t enough. Hackers often use credential stuffing, phishing, password spraying, and keylogging to gain access to corporate systems and information.
Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) to the rescue
The proactive management of access to data and applications from employee devices isn’t impossible, but it can become an administrative nightmare. Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) alleviates the frustration of these challenges by ensuring user authentication and granting user access to applications and data through a secure, single set of user credentials.
Multi-factor identification (MFA)
To do this, IDaaS uses multi-factor authentication (MFA) to validate a user’s identity. Many employees have already experienced MFA in popular applications. They are required to use biometrics, QR codes, SMS texts, or one-time passwords, to name a few popular methods. 2-factor authentication, as the name implies, requires two or more of these methods to be used for access. In doing so, MFA locks down sensitive data and safeguards against access until a user can fully authenticate their identity. However, MFA does require some expertise to configure and manage across the enterprise.
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Another IDaaS method gives users the ability to use a single set of credentials to access data across multiple applications. Single Sign-On (SSO) reduces the number of passwords, lowering the chances of phishing threats and other credential-based attacks. If a user cannot remember the correct credential information, they will be simultaneously blocked from all other systems linked to that user via SSO. With SSO providing access to multiple systems, this method must always be used alongside MFA rather than a standalone method.
IDaaS is a powerful solution for businesses looking to provide a positive user experience while also making access to applications and data more secure and seamless. There are several different IDaaS providers in the market, and businesses need someone to help them with the setup and implementation of any IDaaS solution. LanYap Networks can help you find the right provider for your business. If you’re looking to increase your security posture and reduce the risk of credential-based attacks, let’s talk!