Securing networks is more difficult than ever, and it’s not getting any easier. Organisations manage hundreds of thousands of devices, users, systems and applications. That means they have hundreds of thousands potential vulnerabilities. Yet a single compromised password can bring down the entire network.
Passwords remain incredibly vulnerable to attacks. Limiting our reliance on passwords is vital to prevent another surge in data breaches. Certificate‐based network authentication is a good example of a solution that’s easy to implement, simple for users, meets requirements and supports organizations in taking advantage of newest use cases:
- Passwordless authentication
- Remote workforce protection
- Third party access
- IoT/OT device security
Pushed by legal requirements, network authentication is – especially in SME - gaining renewed popularity. It’s a valuable tool to build a trusted and secure business environment, verifying and exchanging data between various servers and users.
How digital certificates help simplify the management process?
Digital certificates are a powerful tool in the cybersecurity arsenal if not one of the most valuable access control and identity access solutions on the market today. Digital certificates safeguard critical data from unauthorised parties and against vulnerabilities that put businesses at risk The strong authentication of digital identities to control and secure access to companies' networks protects data that is susceptible to hackers and theft.
Though digital certificates offer considerable cybersecurity coverage, organisations typically struggle to leverage the opportunities. The management system has become so complex — not to mention the time and resources it consumes.
Nevertheless, certificate‐based network authentication provides MultiFactor Authentication (MFA) without imposing burdens on an organisation’s user population— more security doesn’t have to mean less agility.
Certificate‐based network authentication is a technology investment
It keeps users productive while also improving security posture. It is easy to deploy and can enhance authentication practices on desktops, mobile devices, IoT and OT. This solution is superior to other authentication methods as it provides multifactor security without requiring users to carry an additional device or restrict their logins to specific locations.
No matter the compliance target or industry, certificate‐ based network authentication meets the needs for multifactor, strong authentication while keeping the technology easily accessible, dynamic and mobile. Certificate‐based network authentication can be a valuable part of a comprehensive information security strategy and process.
It is also important to highlight some of the conditions that help to maintain this level of control:
- No unauthorized users have gained access to the private-key underlying the digital certificate
- The lifecycle of distributed certificates is properly managed, including registration, renewal and revocation
- The proper infrastructure is set up to support the sending and validation of certificates
To find out how Soliton can be an ideal fit for your business, visit our solutions for further information or book a customised demo.