A few years ago, many of us had only a few passwords to remember. Today, we have dozens. Corporate networks have become virtually impossible to use today without passwords. On top of this, “IT’s best security practice” requires that employees change passwords frequently and use long, complex passwords. Unfortunately, this has encouraged poor password management habits that lead to security breaches, privacy violations and huge fines.
IT managers have a host of secure, authentication technologies available to safeguard corporate networks. Alongside Smartcard-based Password Managers are One-Time Password (OTP), Certificate-based Logon (PKI), and server-based Single Sign-On (SSO) all targeted to solve the “password problems”.
While all these products have their unique advantages / disadvantage, if the incorrect technology is chosen, then the IT manager could open up a host of new problems and expenses. Plus, IT may be lulled into a false sense of security when end-users discover work arounds to satisfy their convenience. No single solution works for everyone when evaluating:
- Cost of technology, implementation and management
- End-user’s convenience
- Backend infrastructure modifications
- Value of the data being protected
- Ongoing support and maintenance
- Budget and
- Size of organization, to mention just a few.
Access Smart offers a free whitepaper that discusses the password problem and compares these four different authentication technologies. The whitepaper shows a side-by-side comparison of the general characteristics, security considerations, impact on existing infrastructure, cost of ownership, and much more.
Click the link here to receive your free copy of our “Security Technology Comparison” whitepaper.