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Ensurity and Secret Double Octopus extend FIDO2 passwordless authentication options

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Ensurity and Secret Double Octopus extend FIDO2 passwordless authentication options

A pair of companies have announced moves to bring FIDO2-certified passwordless authentication with biometrics or physical tokens to the enterprise.

India-based biometrics company Ensurity Technologies has joined the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, while Secret Double Octopus has received FIDO2 certification for its Octopus Authentication Server v4.0, including on-premises Active Directory support.

Ensurity has worked with Microsoft to integrate its ThinC FIDO and FIDO2-certified biometric USB authenticators with Azure Active Directory. The technology is now available for public preview, allowing Azure AD users to sign in with a FIDO2 security key, the Microsoft Authenticator app, or Windows Hello instead of a password. Admin users can assign passwordless credentials using FIDO2 security keys and passwordless sign-in with Authenticator to individuals and groups with the new Authentication methods blade in the Azure AD admin portal.

“I am delighted that Ensurity is now part of MISA,” said Amit Mathur, COO of Ensurity Technologies, “Joining MISA gives Ensurity the opportunity to strengthen its integrations with a wide range of Microsoft solutions and address the diverse security needs of customers globally.”

ThinC-AUTH provides a security key that works with Microsoft accounts and Azure Active Directory for access to Microsoft cloud services with fingerprint biometrics, which are provided through a partnership with Fingerprint Cards.

The newest version of Octopus Authentication Server supports biometric or physical token-based passwordless access to workstations and servers, Active Directory resources, cloud services and Single Sign-On, remote access (VPN and VDI), and legacy applications.

“The FIDO Alliance is proud of our associate member Secret Double Octopus for its dedication to the vision of industry standards for strong authentication. They join a powerful FIDO ecosystem vital to widespread adoption of interoperable, strong authentication that simplifies the user experience while raising security and privacy at the same time,” said Andrew Shikiar, executive director and CMO of the FIDO Alliance.

“Eliminating passwords has been the dream of security professionals for years,” said Raz Rafaeli, CEO of Secret Double Octopus. “We are excited to harness FIDO standards to enable secure, seamless login experiences for our users.”

A demo in now available through the Secret Double Octopus website.

eWBM recently joined the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association and launched new biometric FIDO2 hardware authenticators, while Accepto was certified for the FIDO2 server protocol in September.

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