Coming to Terms with New Security Standards
Let’s face it: Security isn’t what it once was. It’s no longer a race to encrypt things with ever more complicated algorithms; hackers are always finding ways around it when they can’t bull straight through. People can’t count on malware scanners to pick up processes that are piggybacking off keyboard inputs and other forms of spying, and even app marketplaces have been compromised on some level. It’s difficult to know who to trust anymore, what to download, how to approach payments — this surely isn’t the way a “connected world” was envisioned to be.
Still, this is the reality of the cyber-world now. Every time a debit card is used at a major retailer, there’s a major risk of that retailer being hacked in the coming months, releasing said card information to the hands of people who no doubt intend to drain the account. When epic compromises of this sort are becoming more of a weekly matter now, it’s clear that manufacturers and clients alike need to adjust their outlook on the threat of identity theft. One of the most difficult points for entrepreneurs is the balance between productivity and security.
On the field, third-party companies are typically employed by the larger retailers and major corporate structures that keep the world turning day by day. These third parties are a cheap but wholly necessary solution to every quality assurance metric, sales goal and advertising campaign alike; after all, it’s not financially or physically possible for employees of the physical office to travel across the country and service select locations in specific ways. As a business grows in size, the number of third parties that are relied upon also grows to accommodate the increasing threads of bottom-level, front-end interaction that drives said business.
However, each vendor company brings a problem: a new security flaw that typically defies single sign on (SSO) security measures. Actually, every single third-party merchandising, quality assurance, maintenance and advertising company in between runs into the same problem: They’re all on different wavelengths, budgets, IT teams, security viewpoints, operating systems, login portals and applications. This is serious problem for manufacturers when they start reaching critical masses of 10 such companies or more, never mind the 10 percent that use upwards of 200 vendors or more.
What to Do About It
Picture this: a single login gateway, a one-time password (OTP) and the smoothest login experience ever. This is what OneLogin brings to the table, and their mediation tactic is employed in some large-scale apps such as Tumblr in addition to the many large and small businesses that use their multifactor authentication (MFA) checkpoints to lock down incoming access requests. This effectively locks down a user’s account in such a way that’s easy for them alone to access while making life unbelievably difficult for intruders.
The single sign on approach eliminates one of the biggest security flaws of the average site or app these days by throttling the entryway choke to a mere doorway on the Internet as opposed to the pockmarked infrastructure that certain unwise companies are still abiding by. Because SSO synergizes so beautifully with MFA, it’s hard to ever see companies going back to the archaic “one or the other” approach, especially when data breaches today run a minimum of six figures in curative costs. This is OneLogin’s innovation at work, and one day, it’ll become the norm for enterprisers of all sizes.