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Organizations moving to password-less authentication should consider externalizing login processes from individual applications to either Kerberos (via AD/Integrated Windows Authentication) or using federation technologies such as SAML or OpenID Connect
(OIDC). Once this is done, gradually move login processes from traditional, password-based ones to new processes that combine local-to-device biometric authentication with login to network services using cryptographic key material stored securely
However, it’s important to implement new authentication mechanisms carefully because there are many compatibility challenges with devices, offline use and diverse user locations and network connectivity.
This piece offers a step-by-step guide for implementing password-less authentication, including best practices to follow and pitfalls to avoid.
Before you make the move to password-less, you should make sure you have a solid understanding of password-less authentication.
With that theoretical background in mind, implementation of a password-less authentication system should typically proceed in the following sequence:
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Rolling out password-less isn’t easy. When planning a password-less system rollout, organizations should consider the following best practices:
Password-less seems like the answer to the decades-old problems with passwords—usability, security, support cost and more—but to date, it’s not an easy goal to reach. Most large organizations are bound to run into issues with password-less,
increasing cost and limiting scope. The technology is promising and maturing, but not trivial. Overall, success requires laser focus on endpoint types and capabilities, network (and offline) usage, and application compatibility. It also means focusing
on the business and where password-less makes the most sense—and where it doesn’t. Overall, teams should understand:
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