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5 Captivating Cybersecurity Offerings At Cisco Live Digital 2021

From data loss prevention and automated SolarWinds attack workflows to passwordless authentication and a SASE subscription service, here’s a look at five vital Cisco cybersecurity offerings.

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1. Biometrics Pave The Way To Passwordless Authentication

Duo passwordless authentication will enable enterprise users to skip the password and securely log into cloud applications through security keys or biometrics built into modern laptops and smartphones, the company said. It leverages biometrics platforms such as Windows Hello and Apple FaceID and TouchID, allowing organizations to consolidate hundreds of passwords and authentications into one easy login.

“People are thinking about and yearning for passwordless,” said Jeremiah Salzberg, senior director and security technologist at San Antonio-based Sirius, No. 21 on the 2020 CRN Solution Provider 500. “Managing passwords is the bane of our existence.”

The product enables biometrics to be securely stored on and validated locally by the device as opposed to a centralized database and is designed to meet GDPR as well as standards like HIPAA and PCI, Devata said. Passwordless authentication will be a default feature in higher editions of Duo, Devata said, and the company hopes to have it publicly available in July.

More than 300 customers wanted to try out Duo passwordless authentication in beta even though there were just 50 slots available, and Devata said there’s been broad interest in the tool outside the federal contracting space regardless of vertical or size. Devata said the road to passwordless authentication has taken six years and required advances in biometric technology as well as more modern standards.

“This is something that every customer is interested in,” Devata said. “The only people who like passwords are attackers because they can easily compromise them.”

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