Banks and financial institutions are moving away from passwords and are switching to FIDO authentication. FIDO is the new passwordless authentication standard adopted globally by major tech companies. Delaying this transformation puts institutions at risk, while early adoption allows them to confidently focus on the future.
The authentication standard that is replacing passwords worldwide is known as FIDO (Fast Identity Online). Although FIDO or FIDO2 may not be familiar terms, we are all acquainted with their usage as we employ them to log into our phones today. Facial recognition, fingerprint identification, and physical security keys (such as Yubikeys from Yubico) are all authentication methods that leverage the FIDO authentication standard. FIDO has already been implemented by all leading technology companies, and other industries are also striving to adopt it.
There are many reasons why financial institutions and banks are drifting from passwords toward secure FIDO authentication. Below is a list of the most important factors driving this change.
Passwords have become increasingly vulnerable to hacking and phishing attacks. Many users tend to choose weak passwords or reuse them across multiple accounts, which makes them susceptible to unauthorized access. FIDO2, on the other hand, provides stronger security by using public-key cryptography, which significantly reduces the risk of account breaches.
Phishing attacks involve tricking users into revealing their passwords through fraudulent emails or websites. FIDO2 authentication mitigates this risk by relying on cryptographic keys that are specific to each device. Even if a user unknowingly interacts with a phishing site, their credentials cannot be used to access the genuine service.
FIDO2 supports convenient and strong multi-factor authentication. Instead of relying solely on passwords, it combines something the user knows (password) with something the user possesses (such as a hardware token or a biometric factor like fingerprint or face recognition). This adds an additional layer of security, making it harder for attackers to compromise accounts.
Password-related issues, such as forgotten passwords and password resets, can be time-consuming and frustrating for both employees and clients. By adopting FIDO2, banks can reduce the reliance on passwords, thereby minimizing the burden of password management and support costs.
Financial institutions often operate under strict regulatory frameworks that require robust security measures. FIDO2 authentication aligns with these compliance requirements by providing enhanced security and reducing the risk of data breaches.
FIDO2 authentication offers a more user-friendly experience compared to traditional passwords. Users can leverage biometric authentication factors or physical security keys, which are often more convenient and quicker to use than remembering and entering complex passwords.
FIDO2 is an open standard developed by the FIDO Alliance, a consortium of industry leaders dedicated to improving online authentication. Its widespread adoption across various platforms and services ensures interoperability and compatibility, enabling banks to leverage existing FIDO2 infrastructure and technology.
By transitioning to FIDO2 authentication, banks aim to enhance security, protect their employees and clients from cyber threats, and provide a more streamlined and user-friendly authentication experience.
The introduction of FIDO in banks is crucial in combating the growing threats of identity theft, fraud, and unauthorized access to sensitive financial information. However, implementing FIDO can be a complex and resource-intensive undertaking that often necessitates coding and integration efforts.
The optimal method for implementing FIDO authentication on a large scale is through the User Access Security Broker approach. This software integration approach eliminates the need for coding and enables the addition of FIDO authentication to any application within just 5 minutes. Our clients typically achieve complete FIDO protection for their organizations within 7-14 days, transforming them into fully secure FIDO-enabled entities.
One noteworthy case study involves Secfense successfully assisting BNP Paribas Poland in introducing FIDO-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) in their banking operations. BNP Paribas is among the largest international banking groups, and they recognized the importance of fortifying their authentication processes to protect customer accounts and transactions. Secfense collaborated with BNP Paribas to implement MFA across all users and applications in a streamlined and non-disruptive manner. Instead of necessitating extensive coding changes or modifications to existing systems, Secfense’s solution seamlessly integrated with BNP Paribas’ infrastructure, facilitating the adoption of FIDO authentication.
In partnership with our customer, BNP Paribas, we have prepared a live demo demonstrating how effortless it is to incorporate FIDO authentication into any application without coding. This 5-minute live demo provides a clear view of the process involved in adding FIDO MFA in a real-time setting. The approach remains consistent across all applications, irrespective of whether they are legacy or modern apps.
We hosted a webinar featuring FIDO Alliance members – David Turner and Marcin Szary. In this insightful 60-minute conversation, they provided all the knowledge you need to initiate the transformation of your organization into a modern and secure passwordless environment. David and Marcin shed light on the foundations of FIDO authentication and discussed the future development plans for this open and free authentication standard. Sign up today to watch the webinar recording and ensure you don’t miss out on the passwordless revolution.
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We highly encourage you to schedule a demo with us and experience firsthand how effortless it is to integrate FIDO authentication into your application without the need to modify its code. During the demo, we will demonstrate the functionality of the Secfense User Access Security Broker and show you how you can utilize it to enable any MFA method for any application. While we are strong advocates for FIDO authentication, we understand that different organizations have varying needs. That’s why we have enabled the use of all MFA methods with the Secfense broker. This means that you can introduce modern MFA methods like FIDO and traditional methods like SMS, TOTP, or push authentication with equal ease and simplicity. Click here>>>
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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.
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.
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.
IT & Infrastructure
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of IT