Access management authentication: 6 trends to look out for

Six emerging access management authentication protocol trends

According to the European tech news platform Amazic, with the evolution of digital ecosystems, the ability to control access and limit it to required resources has become a fundamental component of an organisation’s security, and access management authentication protocols play an important role in determining the efficiency of access management systems.

Amazic identifies six emerging trends in access management authentication protocols that are contributing to the evolution of access management: biometric authentication, multi-factor authentication, passwordless authentication, the Zero Trust Security Model, blockchain-based authentication, and continuous adaptive risk and trust assessment, and claims that staying abreast of these trends will help organisations face the challenges of securing their digital assets.

Biometric authentication

While traditional authentication methods such as passwords and PINs are often prone to security breaches, says Amazic, biometric authentication leverages unique biological characteristics such as fingerprints, facial patterns, or iris features to verify a user’s identity more effecitvely.

According to the platform, the advancements in biometric technology that have made it more reliable and secure stand to transform it into a more prominent form of access management authentication. Facial recognition has already become widespread in a number of industries, offering a convenient and contactless authentication method, and in Amazic’s view as the technology continues to improve, it will experience even wider adoption and integration.

Multi-Factor authentication (MFA)

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) has been used widely in access management authentication for some time. However, Amazic expects a shift towards more sophisticated and seamless MFA solutions that will focus on contextual factors to add an extra layer of security to authentication.

Context-aware MFA, the tech platform says, considers the user’s location, device type, and behavioural patterns to determine the legitimacy of access requests and by analysing these contextual factors, access management systems can dynamically adapt, and apply appropriate authentication methods.

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Accesss management authentication trends to watch
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Passwordless authentication

The move towards passwordless authentication is another important trend that is gaining momentum, says Amazic, eliminating the need for users to remember complex passwords while reducing the risk of credential-related security breaches. Various methods fall under the category of passwordless authentication, including biometrics, one-time password (OTP), and device-based authentication.

The Zero Trust security model

According to the tech news platform, security is increasingly moving away from the traditional perimeter-based model, assuming that once inside a network users can be trusted, towards a more strident Zero Trust Security Model, and this is another trend to look out for.

With the Zero Trust model, user’s identity and device status are continuously verified, and authentication is a key component with access management employing strict protocols to validate users, and devices at every interaction.

Blockchain-based authentication

For Amazic, blockchain-based authentication is also emerging as a secure and transparent solution in access management. By leveraging distributed ledger technology, authentication processes can be decentralised, says the platform, reducing the risk of a single point of failure.

In addition, blockchain authentication ensures the integrity of identity records and access permissions, making it difficult for malicious actors to manipulate or compromise sensitive information, says the tech news site.

Continuous adaptive risk and trust assessment

Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust Assessment (CARTA) is another emerging trend identified by Amazic. CARTA dynamically integrates risk evaluation into the access management process; assessing risk factors throughout each user’s session, and adjusting access permissions based on changing circumstances.

Incorporating contextual data, including user behaviour, device health, and threat intelligence feeds, CARTA enables access management systems to identify anomalies and potential security threats by analysing these factors in real-time.

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