The Israeli Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) specialist Frontegg now offers support for passwordless authentication. The company did not offer many details about what kinds of passwordless technologies would be covered under the new utility, but did reveal that it is trying to reduce the enterprise’s reliance on passwords more generally.
In that regard, Frontegg argued that passwords are an inherently flawed security measure, especially since many people still reuse the same password for multiple applications. That increases the potential exposure in the event of a security breach. Passwords are also less convenient, and increase the amount of friction for employees at work.
With that in mind, Frontegg is trying to accelerate the transition to a passwordless enterprise, and has made passwordless authentication the default option for people logging into its SaaS user management platform. However, those with admin privileges can still use the back end to set their preferred form of authentication (and activate passwords) across the entire organization if they so desire.
End users will be presented with a passwordless request when they try to access Frontegg’s admin portal. The platform update will improve security for any SaaS organizations that are using Frontegg’s products, though the company believes that it will be particularly beneficial to B2B operations.
“Passwords need to be phased out from the SaaS space,” said Frontegg Co-Founder and CEO Sagi Rodin. “While B2C companies are already embracing passwordless, B2B companies are falling behind. We see it as our mission to bring the security, usability and productivity benefits of passwordless authentication into their daily lives.”
Of course, Frontegg is not the only organization that has warned about the security limitations of passwords. ForgeRock recently reported that the number of breaches that can be attributed to passwords went up an astonishing 450 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic.