Trusona has unveiled a new mobile authentication solution that allows people to use their mobile devices to verify their identities without using a mobile app. Users can instead visit a mobile web page and complete a simple interaction to confirm their credentials.
The solution leverages a FIDO-certified cloud server, and is built to meet the latest FIDO2 and WebAuthn standards, which cover both iOS and Android devices. Trusona believes that its technology will encourage more people to adopt passwordless authentication protocols, since the solution does not rely on app adoption rates and can still be effective even if individual employees are wary about installing an employer-mandated app on their devices.
Trusona currently has a patent pending for the new solution, which is being billed as the industry’s first app-less multi-factor authentication (MFA) option. However, those who are interested can deploy the solution in conjunction with a dedicated mobile app.
“We see considerable demand across all aspects of the enterprise for a seamless, passwordless MFA experience across many use cases,” said TAG Cyber CEO Edward Amoroso. “The Trusona solution is well-suited to this growing segment of the cybersecurity marketplace as their app-less authentication technology enables the broadest coverage and the least friction for users.”
According to Trusona, the solution has potential applications in a number of different sectors. For example, contact centers can use it as a replacement for knowledge-based authenticators and One-time Passcodes sent via SMS, both of which are vulnerable to cybercriminals. Businesses can also use it for workplace access control, while consumers can use it to prove their identities when using IoT devices like TVs and ATMs. In the latter instance, the solution is appealing because consumers will be able to use the same authentication process across multiple devices, and would not need to install and set up a separate mobile app for each one.
Trusona brought its passwordless security platform to Windows 10 devices back in August, shortly after adding a time-based OTP solution to its portfolio. The company is a member of the FIDO Alliance, which recently partnered with the IoT Security Foundation to help make people more aware of the many disadvantages of passwords.