We live in a world of technological adoption at incredible speeds, digitization has never been as discussed as it is now. The vast majority of companies have made progress in adopting technologies that enable the work and interaction of remote people, ensuring continuity of operations and productivity, even with all the constraints we currently experience.
What for many of us has become an opportunity to discover new ways to interact with our customers, while maintaining access to data and applications in the cloud, is also, for cybercriminals, a front of new ways to successfully carry out their attacks. Concerns about data protection have never been greater, and the implementation of specific protection laws.
Are we ready for all this? How do we evolve? Shall we adapt? How to respond to the most advanced threats and attack techniques? We have always had a love-hate relationship with our passwords, for years they represented the boundary between having information under control and confidentiality or a public exposure that can represent huge losses for companies. We had to learn what identity theft is and start using increasingly complex passwords that cannot be repeated or used on different applications and platforms, as there is no way to know if one of them will be compromised and when.
The solution came with the concept of multifactor authentication that Cisco offers our customers through Secure Access by Duo, a platform that goes far beyond supplementing password authentication and uses Zero Trust concepts to also assess device health and give security administrators greater visibility and control of where, when and how users authenticate for use of cloud and on-premises applications.
But where are we going to stop? Will we live this dichotomy between ease of use and level of safety forever? Will administrators and users always be penalized and forced to live with greater complexity of management and use, to have an adequate level of security?
No, we won\'t. We are taking an important step in the right direction, raising the level of data and application protection and simplifying people\'s lives. Cisco Secure Access by Duo now supports password-less mode. From now on we will be allowed to forget our passwords and, as a result, we will raise the level of security of data and corporate applications.
It is hard to recall such a clear move towards increasing data security and user usability at the same time, in the face of historic security additions in environments, which led to greater difficulty of use, a greater workload for administrators and that did not always increase levels of protection. We don\'t realize the hidden cost of password management, due to errors, sync issues, and increasingly complex password forgetting. Now this is in the past and it represents bad news for cybercriminals, who rely on discovering the user\'s password to carry out more than 80% of successful attacks.
But aren\'t we less sure? No, on the contrary. The proper use of advanced protection and encryption technologies, which integrate the possibility of device use and biometrics, will guarantee that it is you who’s ensuring the integrity of authentication when accessing data and applications and through Cisco, you can implement it in a simple and practical way, in a short time, regardless of the size of your organization.