With passwords notoriously insecure, demand for passwordless authentication is growing rapidly. According to Microsoft, more than 150 million people use passwordless authentication every month, and analysts Gartner predict that by 2022 60% of large and global enterprises and 90% of midsize enterprises will implement passwordless methods in more than 50% of use cases.
To address this issue, we offer the Gatekeeper Proximity passwordless authentication solution, which uses a wireless key to help companies automate password management and lock PCs when unattended. We’ve just introduced the latest version, extending our partnership with product developer Untethered Labs.
The GateKeeper Enterprise platform enables organisations in the UK, mainland Europe and the US to benefit from a range of new features which increase ease of use while maintaining the highest levels of security. GateKeeper includes continuous two-factor authentication and uses AES256 encryption, is compatible with both Windows and Mac and integrates with Active Directory. It is available in both cloud and on-premise versions.
The new Enterprise version adds three key features:
- a desktop password manager/vault which allows users to save passwords for all their desktop applications in their GateKeeper profile. This speeds up access to applications such as VPN clients, electronic health records etc. while maintaining security.
- a backup login method which enables users to log in securely even if they do not have their GateKeeper token with them. Users scan a QR code using Google Authenticator or a similar app and use it to generate a One Time Passcode (OTP) on their phone. They can then log in to their computer using their email address and the OTP code.
- the ability for users to share passwords from their GateKeeper profile to other users registered on the GateKeeper enterprise system, reducing the need to make passwords public by insecurely writing them on paper.
For enterprises or multiple installations of 5 to 5,000 workstations, GateKeeper is provided as a subscription service, with price dependent on features and number of users. It is also available as a single-user version.
What makes GateKeeper so attractive is that it’s designed to provide security based on how people actually work, such as leaving their desk without logging out, and sharing computers in sectors such as healthcare and manufacturing. These new features will save users even more time and further improve their security. No-one can possibly remember all their passwords – a survey by Accenture found that in healthcare, an astounding 21% of employees write down their usernames and passwords on paper – so this is the ideal solution for the way we work today.
CEO of Untethered Labs, Dr Sid Potbhare, shares his experience with clients preferring stronger security measures: “A study by Google and several universities testing 2FA methods against automated bots and bulk phishing attacks found that only hardware tokens were 100% effective against these attacks. So, if you’re looking for security, hardware tokens are the way to go. If you misplace your token, admins can disable them instantly. Passwords are not stored on the key itself.”
GateKeeper is already used at hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and offices of all kinds, saving users both time and money. At Iron Country Medical Center, for example, each department of 20 people is gaining 75 to 95 minutes every day by using continuous proximity login and logout.