Is passwordless authentication the future?

Apple is taking a significant step into biometric passwordless authentication, but what exactly does this mean?

Passwordless Authentication is a method that allows a user to gain access to an application or IT system without entering a password or answering security questions. Instead, the user provides some other form of evidence such as a fingerprint or face recognition.

An announcement was made by Apple engineer, Garret Davidson, from their Authentication experience team, that this new technology will allow Apple Device users to set up a username for an account, then associate biometric information with it using FaceID or Touch ID technologies. A passkey is then generated and synchronized across a user’s Apple devices, enabling login action by face or fingerprint biometrics.

How will this impact organisations?

According to Gartner by 2022, 60% of large and global enterprises, and 90% of mid-sized enterprises, will implement passwordless methods in more than 50% of use cases.

Jamf Unlock

Security budgets within organisations are increasing to prevent attacks and protect company and customer data due to remote or hybrid working. Dare can help you manage this with Jamf  Connect as this expands secure identity and access to resources with Jamf Unlock, passwordless authentication from an iPhone app to securely unlock Mac and the resources needed to be productive.

Jamf Unlock is a Jamf Connect workflow that supports certificate-based authentication by issuing a certificate to your device. This gives users the power to securely leverage their cloud identity to unlock the Mac, using Face ID, Touch ID, or a rotating PIN on their iPhone, to gain immediate access to the resources they need to be productive.

Benefits of Jamf Unlock:

  • You get all the value of Jamf Connect for Mac with just-in-time account provisioning, identity management capabilities and a single cloud identity to access the Mac and resources.
  • Passwords are no longer a secure method to access resources and accounts. Jamf Unlock eliminates the need for a password and instead uses a passwordless workflow, tied to the cloud identity, with MFA to access Mac.
  • Jamf Unlock acts as a smart card for improved security without the extra cost of hardware and one more thing to manage. And because there is no password, there is reduction of IT help desk password resets.
  • Employees can utilize the hardware they always have with them, their phone, to securely unlock access to their Mac, with or without a network connection, eliminating forgotten passwords and fatigue of multiple logins per day.

What’s next?

Dare can help you manage passwordless authentication and ensure all data is secure, both for customer and company information. Contact us for more information.

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