A core part of the zero trust model is continuous authentication — the need to solve for what happens in-between security checks.
To achieve true zero trust, organizations must constantly authenticate user identities throughout a user’s entire engagement with a network, service, or device—rather than just once at login.
Zero trust means giving no implicit trust to any users accessing corporate resources, even if they've authenticated themselves with a username and password at the “front door”.
Instead, every user, device, and program is considered a possible threat even after they have successfully logged in with their credentials.
Continuous authentication makes Zero Trust possible as a security solution that verifies the identity of users behind company devices at all times, with the goal to keep intruders from accessing enterprise resources.
To align with the new Department of Defense Zero Trust strategy, released on November 7, 2022, enterprises have to take big steps to strengthen security and adhere to the principle of “never trust, always verify”.
Continuous Authentication is on top of the list as a quick and effective way to prevent unauthorized access and secure your workforce interactions with networks, devices, and resources.
Learn more about DoD Zero Trust & Continuous Authentication:How to comply with the November 2022 DoD Zero Trust Strategy How to build your defenses with a Zero Trust Architecture
With millions of employees working remotely, a paradigm shift is taking place in the cybersecurity landscape: the password is no longer enough. Continuous Endpoint Authentication (CEA) embodies this shift as it secures enterprise devices from being accessed by unauthorized users.
Verifying the user's identity at login was believed to be enough to grant that user access to the network.
But as the recent breaches of Twilio, Uber, Okta, and LastPass have shown — passwords are no longer enough as they can easily be breached or accessed through social engineering.
A Zero Trust framework recognizes that checking the identity of a user behind a corporate computer is inefficient if it’s only done once at login or periodically throughout the day.
To achieve zero trust requirements, the authentication of employees & contractors must happen continuously while the device or network is being accessed.
ActiveLock is a continuous endpoint authentication (CEA) app built to protect enterprise endpoints from being accessed by unauthorized users.
ActiveLock detects suspicious typing behavior and locks out any intruder when a device falls into the wrong hands.
Government vendors and contractors are also required to adopt the Department of Defense Zero Trust cybersecurity standards by 2024.
ActiveLock will enable you to achieve your Zero Trust goals and avoid losing your government contract. Adding ActiveLock across all enterprise and BYOD devices in your network will seamlessly and continuously authenticate your workforce by the way they type, only granting access to authorized users.
For Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP), ActiveLock is a strong tool to have in your security toolbox because it solves the issue of continuous identity authentication without harming the employee experience or privacy.
Because it authenticates users by their typing behavior, ActiveLock can keep user-device interactions safe across every company endpoint. For MSSP clients, the ActiveLock app will run in the background of all enterprise devices without interfering with the day-to-day activity of their workforce, continuously authenticating users and enforcing Zero Trust principles.