Cisco Secure unveiled a new passwordless authentication by Duo. Duo passwordless authentication will enable enterprise users to skip the password and log into cloud applications via security keys or biometrics built into modern laptops and smartphones. The company says that innovation has been introduced as passwords could be compromised and difficult to manage, costing enterprises billions of dollars annually.
“Cisco has strived to develop passwordless authentication that meets the needs of a diverse and evolving workforce and allows the broadest set of enterprises to securely progress towards a passwordless future, regardless of their IT stack,” said Gee Rittenhouse, SVP and GM of Cisco’s Security Business Group. “It’s not an overstatement to say that passwordless authentication will have the most meaningful global impact on how users access data by making the easiest path the most secure.”
Duo passwordless authentication is part of Cisco’s zero trust platform, securing access for any user, from any device, to any IT application or environment. The product is designed to be infrastructure agnostic, paving the way to a passwordless future while ensuring that enterprises can protect any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without requiring multiple authentication products or leaving critical security gaps.
“Cisco is well-positioned to accelerate the adoption of passwordless authentication as enterprises seek to alleviate the password-related headaches that for years have plagued their users and IT teams,” said Jay Bretzmann, Program Director for Identity and Digital Trust and Cloud Security, IDC. “While the transition will be a process for organizations due to legacy infrastructure, passwordless authentication is a key stepping stone to enabling a zero-trust security architecture and a feature that organizations must begin looking into.”
Duo’s security practices are built on ISO 27001, NIST’s Cyber Security Framework, and AICPA’s Trust Service Principles and are designed to meet GDPR and other privacy laws around the world. Duo is committed to the highest level of security for its customers – both public and private, and currently holds SOC2 Type II, ISO27001:2013, ISO27017:2015, and ISO27018:2019 certifications, as well as being FedRAMP authorized.