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The 5 Most Innovative Cybersecurity Startups From RSA Conference

CRN asks a number of executives attending RSA Conference 2021 which cybersecurity startups they believe are coming up with innovative ways to protect data, cloud workloads and open-source software.

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HYPR is trying to kill passwords with a cross-platform approach, complementing the likes of Yubico—which has tried to move the industry to a hardware token form of authentication—as well as Microsoft, who’s largely taken a Microsoft-only approach, according to Proofpoint’s Kalember.

Companies like HYPR that help the industry move away toward a password-less multifactor authentication approach are going to have a meaningful impact by making things much harder for attackers, Kalember said. Killing passwords and going to multifactor authentication will have a bigger security benefit than trying to figure out who needs access to which systems and applications.

Most breaches involve either human error or compromised credentials, according to Kalember, who cited the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. So companies like HYPR that are working to reduce or eliminate the use of passwords have the potential to significantly reduce the number of breaches that occur going forward.

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