Identity Access Management and Strong Authentication – A Solid Defense Against Password Theft?

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One view suggests that enhancing an internal network’s security can be achieved via stringent user access management, such as privileged identity access management. This involves stringent rules on host access, port access, and the kind of data being transferred. If a user’s account gets compromised, these measures help reduce the fallout of a cyber attack. However, I contend that these restrictions don’t replace the need for strong authentication. Rather, they pair seamlessly with it. Here are some reasons why:

Identity and Access Management System plus Strong Authentication

  1. Reports indicate that password hijacking, achieved either through cracking or theft, is a common method of infiltrating computer systems. This suggests that safeguarding passwords is a significant step in warding off a majority of cybersecurity threats. However, we can’t overlook other vulnerabilities.
Access management plus strong authentication - a great recipe for password hijacking?
Access management plus strong authentication – a great recipe for password hijacking?

2. If a breach does occur, restrictions from the identity and access management system only come into play after the fact, while authentication is designed to prevent it. Hence, I’d consider multi-factor authentication (MFA) as the first line of defense, followed by access restrictions. If resources compel me to focus on one aspect at a time (due to budget, technical, or organizational constraints), I’d start with MFA.

3. We must also consider the effort-to-outcome ratio. In point number 1, we highlighted that tackling weak and stolen passwords can prevent over 80% of system breaches. The complexity of fortifying internal network security can vary across organizations, and utilizing a unified environment or identity access management tools to oversee a diverse network can expedite the process.

Firstly, it requires understanding resource utilization and discussing potential changes with all business departments or individual users. There’s no assurance that any agreement reached will remain effective indefinitely. Implementing MFA also demands substantial effort, particularly in traditional approaches where every application needs modification to require a secondary authentication component (known as 2FA – two-factor authentication). This could involve providing a one-time code, using a U2F/FIDO2 key (dongle), or scanning a fingerprint.

And what if there are numerous applications? And some of them can’t be reworked easily (due to being third-party or built on outdated technology)? Thankfully, Secfense offers a solution called User Access Security Broker that enables strong authentication without needing to modify applications. It functions as a bridge between the user and the application. For the user, Secfense introduces 2FA, and after authenticating, they can connect to their application. From the application’s perspective, it only grants access to users who have authenticated securely.

Secfense User Access Security Broker Deployment
Secfense User Access Security Broker Deployment

Implementing strong authentication with Secfense not only guards against a major threat source but is also quick and straightforward.

In conclusion, I advocate for strengthening internal network security through various restrictions and implementing strong authentication. You can start by learning more about multi-factor authentication (MFA), and two-factor authentication (2FA) and exploring the User Access Security Broker.

If your organization already has strong authentication mechanisms and the workforce is well-versed in cybersecurity best practices and password-related risks, perhaps it’s time to delve further into zero-trust security and take a step toward passwordless authentication with Secfense. User Access Security Broker can be a key component in this transformation. Book a call with us, and during a 15-minute demo, we will show you how to add MFA to any of your apps in minutes and how to transform your company into a passwordless organization within days.

Krzysztof Góźdź drives sales and new business development. Krzysztof has more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology & Services sales and has previously worked for IBM and Hewlett-Packard bringing on board enterprise customers and cooperating with them. Read More


We are faced with new challenges every day. We must always be one step ahead of the attackers and know what they are going to do before they do it. We are convinced that the User Access Security Broker will bring security to a new level, both for those working at the office and from home. For us, working with Secfense is an opportunity to exchange experience with developers who put great value on out-of-the-box thinking.

Krzysztof Słotwiński

Business Continuity and Computer Security Officer

BNP Paribas Bank Poland

As part of the pre-implementation analysis, we verified that users utilize a wide range of client platforms: desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and traditional mobile phones. Each of these devices differs in technological advancement, features, and level of security. Because of this, and also due to the recommendation of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (UKNF), we decided to introduce additional protection in the form of multi-factor authentication mechanisms based on FIDO. As a result, users of our applications can log in safely, avoiding common cyber threats such as phishing, account takeover, and theft of their own and their clients’ data.

Marcin Bobruk



We are excited to partner with Secfense to enhance our user access security for our web apps. By integrating their User Access Security Broker, we ensure seamless and secure protection for our applications and systems, delivering superior security and convenience to our customers.

Charm Abeywardana

IT & Infrastructure

Visium Networks

Before investing in Secfense, we had the opportunity to talk to its existing clients. Their reactions were unanimous: wow, it’s so easy to use. We were particularly impressed by the fact that implementing their solution does not require the involvement of IT developers. It gives Secfense a huge advantage over the competition, and at the same time opens the door to potential customers who so far were afraid of changes related to the implementation of multi-factor authentication solutions.

Mateusz Bodio

Managing Director


Even when the network and infrastructure are secured enough, social engineering and passwords can be used to gain control of the system by attackers. Multifactor authentication is the current trend. Secfense addresses this and allows you to build zero trust security and upgrade your current systems to passwordless applications within minutes, solving this problem right away,” said Eduard Kučera, Partner at Presto Ventures and cybersecurity expert – former Director in hugely successful Czech multinational cyber security firm Avast.

Eduard Kučera


Presto Ventures

One of the biggest challenges the world is facing today is securing our identity online. That’s why we were so keen to have Secfense in our portfolio. They make it possible to introduce strong authentication in an automated way. Until now, organizations had to selectively protect applications because the deployment of new technology was very hard, or even impossible. With Secfense, the implementation of multi-factor authentication is no longer a problem, and all organizations can use the highest standards of authentication security.

Stanislav Ivanov

Founding Partner

Tera Ventures

Two-factor authentication is known to be one of the best ways to protect against phishing; however, its implementation has always been difficult. Secfense helped us solve that problem. With their security broker, we were able to introduce various 2FA methods on our web applications at once.

Dariusz Pitala

Head of IT