Will Password Elimination Solve Your Security Problems?
Many companies, however, may not quite be ready for the cultural change (or hardware expense) associated with physical keys, biometric scanners and other password-free approaches. Smart cards and biometrics can be costly and complex to implement and require training. Further, in some deployments, they still need to be combined with passwords.
Luckily, there are other MFA solutions that can help companies reduce the risk of password vulnerability.
The Barracuda Cloud Control portal, which is a management portal for some of Barracuda’s email security and data protection solutions, offers users the choice of setting up MFA as an option or a requirement, and adds a secondary token to the user’s login credentials. Single sign-on and password management tools can also continue to alleviate the problem in the short term.
Since most of your clients still live in a password-centric world, Barracuda MSP provides security training, threat intelligence, and AI-based analysis that can help clients take better care of their password protected data and applications.
In the long run, however, it would be wise for VARs and MSPs to start preparing their clients for a future in which there are fewer passwords to manage. Depending on the industries you serve, MFA that is tied to particular devices can eliminate many vulnerabilities–particularly the myriad phishing schemes that trick employees into coughing up their passwords–as well as the frustration associated with password management.
Chris Crellin is Senior Director of Product Management for Barracuda MSP, a provider of security and data protection solutions for managed services providers, where he is responsible for leading product strategy and management.
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