Microsoft Passwordless Authentication

Why do you need Passwordless Authentication?

Microsoft Passwordless Authentication

What is Passwordless Authentication and Why do we need it?

Back in December 2020 Alex Simons, Corporate Vice President at the Microsoft Identity Program Management division said 2020 was a “A breakthrough year for passwordless technology” and since then Microsoft are pushing the passwordless authentication project into its enterprise clients.

So passwordless authentication is nothing new, but where it is new is the way it is being implemented. It is now possible to integrate passwordless authentication into a system without any major changes to users, some simple lines of code applied to a website and you are up and running. It has never been easier to make passwordless authentication work. This blog post will look at why we need to move to a passwordless authentication solution right away.

Some businesses are requiring more difficult passwords and more frequent password changes to address this trend. As a result, the problem is exacerbated since users are more likely to write down or reuse the same password on various websites. Increased demand for password resets places a financial strain on helpdesks as well, making it a time-consuming and expensive undertaking for all parties concerned.

The 2 Key reasons of why you need it in order of importance are highlighted here:

Authentication of users is a security measure used to prevent unauthorized users from accessing sensitive information. When user authentication is not secure, cybercriminals have the ability to obtain access to a system and steal information. The data breaches that businesses  have experienced are instances of what may happen when organizations fail to protect their user authentication processes and systems.

User Experience

By reducing password and secret fatigue and enabling uniform access to all apps and services, one of its major qualities is to improve user experiences. improving security by doing away with hazardous password management practices, and decreasing the number of cases of credential theft and impersonation. There is also no need to issue, protect, rotate and manage passwords because of this.