Strong Authentication Should Make Your Users Happy

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August 29, 2016
Darin Pendergraft

A lot of technically sound, well designed and expertly executed IT projects ultimately fail when they come into contact with users. Security projects, and specifically strong authentication products usually fail to adequately anticipate how much hassle the user will put up with before either: a.) complaining or b.) figuring out creative ways to bypass the security process all together.
 
Many vendors have chosen to build single sign-on products, distinct from two-factor authentication products, making your task of choosing and deploying these products a difficult one.  Complicating the landscape even more are a whole new crop of single purpose cloud service companies offering cloud- specific single sign-on or cloud specific strong authentication, again making the deployment decision more challenging.
 
Uniquely, the SecureAuth architecture provides single sign-on (which your users will love) alongside adaptive and two-factor authentication (which your management will love) in the same product.  Simplifying the task of choosing and deploying secure access control into your existing security infrastructure. You can find balance between security and user experience.
 
In his recent Executive View focused on SecureAuth, industry veteran and security analyst Dave Kearns from Kuppinger Cole does a very nice job of charting the product landscape. In my opinion, Dave’s note is the best discussion I’ve seen of the pros and cons of various approaches to single sign-on and strong authentication. He talks in detail about various architectures, the emergence of federation standards, and options for deployment. It’s a great write-up and I encourage you to check it out.

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