Identity assurance is crucial among enterprises. One area that needs stronger cybersecurity is the remote workforce.
For years, enterprises have used traditional identity proofing methods like passwords and other knowledge-based authentication credentials to secure their networks. Many still depend on these conventional security measures, even in the digital age.
However, criminals are getting more creative in devising ways to get past these inadequate defenses. These bad actors can obtain passwords through phishing scams, credential stuffing, brute force attacks, and many more fraudulent tactics. They can also guess or use stolen information to answer security questions.
Once the fraudster enters the system, they can steal valuable company data or perform illegal activities. Because of these persistent threats, enterprises must replace their outdated identity security processes with a passwordless solution that follows the Fast IDentity Online Alliance’s FIDO login standard.
Recently, the FIDO Alliance released its updated specifications known as FIDO2. It allows users to harness commonly used mobile devices for passwordless login via device-based authentication coupled with biometrics.
At the point of onboarding, users will go through a mobile facial biometric identity proofing procedure by taking a selfie and a photo of their valid government ID. They will also undergo active liveness and anti-spoofing confirmation to ensure their real-time presence and catch cheating attempts.
Upon establishing a trusted identity, the employee can register their devices to their account as an extra defense layer. The device cannot be unlocked without supplying the biometric login credential.
Biometric multifactor authentication solutions are more secure than passwords and not quickly susceptible to fraudulent attacks used against knowledge-based credentials. These technologies can also detect the device used to log in and identify possible anomalies in how the remote employee uses it.
Implementing advanced identity proofing processes allows companies to protect their network from cybercriminals better. For more information on the matter, see this infographic from authID that covers why the remote workforce demands biometric identity assurance.