The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated trends toward Zero Trust (ZT) architectures. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is often a key technology addition that can help realize Zero Trust as well as decrease risks of insider threat and some types of industrial espionage. Organizations are moving to passwordless and MFA methods to increase security and decrease support costs. These are some key findings of the latest Leadership Compass on Enterprise Authentication by KuppingerCole Analysts AG.

“Vendors of enterprise authentication solutions that fail to keep up with enhancements for risk analysis and to offer secure and user-friendly authenticators tend to fall behind in rankings and customers over the course of just a few years,” says John Tolbert, Lead Analyst and author of the report. “Organizations are looking to add modern authentication options without having to upgrade or fully replace existing IAM infrastructures,” he adds. Therefore, innovation is key in the enterprise authentication market. Updating key features for risk-adaptive and continuous authentication is what customers are demanding to reduce the risk of data loss.

Mobile push notifications, "swipe to accept" functionality, and biometrics are popular amongst end-users, and are becoming easier for enterprises to deploy. Software Development Kits (SDKs) that include multi-factor authentication (MFA) options make it easier for enterprises to develop their own white-labeled apps for corporate use. These SDKs allow administrators to harvest detailed intelligence, which can feed the risk engines of enterprise authentication services, increasing the organizational security posture.

The report compares Enterprise Authentication solutions from the following 18 vendors: CyberArk, EmpowerID, Entrust, ForgeRock, HID Global, IBM, Micro Focus, Microsoft, MobileIron, Okta, Ping Identity, Pirean, RSA, SAASPASS, Symantec, Thales, Transmit Security, and WSO2. Another eight vendors with promising product offers are listed in the category “Vendors to Watch”.

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Über die KuppingerCole Analysts AG

KuppingerCole, founded back in 2004, is a global, independent analyst organization headquartered in Europe. We specialize in providing vendor-neutral advice, expertise, thought leadership, and practical relevance in Cybersecurity, Digital Identity & IAM (Identity and Access Management), Cloud Risk and Security, and Artificial Intelligence, as well as for all technologies fostering Digital Transformation. We support companies, corporate users, integrators and software manufacturers in meeting both tactical and strategic challenges and make better decisions for the success of their business. Maintaining a balance between immediate implementation and long-term viability is at the heart of our philosophy.

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