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What is Continuous Authentication? Explained.

Mohammed NaserMohammed Naser

Continuous authentication capabilities can now be directly integrated into applications. However, there is still a long way to go for the technology in terms of its own growth and industry adoption. Many firms still are skeptical about it. In this context, here is an essential overview of the topic.

What is Continuous Authentication?

Continuous authentication is a verification process that confirms user identity and provides cybersecurity protection in a repeated manner. The system constantly measures the probability that individual users are who they are throughout the entire user session. The process uses tools such as machine learning (ML) and biometric and behavioral pattern checks to provide intelligent and secure identity verification without workflow interruptions.

Continuous authentication is a fairly new technology. Even then, it is gaining wider attention as enterprises look for methods to prevent unauthorized access to their data and operations. Traditional authentication methods such as single-factor and two-factor authentication cannot perform continuous validation of user identity. With the rise in cybercrimes and requirements for better security, continuous authentication became the need of the hour.

How Does It Work?

Identity Access Management (IAM) solutions where continuous authentication is enabled continuously collects user information according to various metrics and behavioral patterns. It can distinguish between the normal and abnormal behaviors of users based on previously available and collected data. Access is granted and maintained according to user behavior.

Any variances are measured, and steps are taken to address issues if needed. If user behavior falls out of line even within sessions, access is revoked. Further access is only available with additional input information such as passwords, biometrics, or other factors depending on the analysis and authentication score.

Supporting Factors and Benefits

To ensure and support continuous authentication, companies use a range of factors. They include:

  • Physical movement
  • Voice authentication
  • Facial recognition
  • Behavioral and physiological patterns
  • Biometrics

The overall objective of continuous authentication is to enhance security without compromising on user experience. With the technology in place, organizations are less vulnerable to several cyber-attacks and threats like phishing and credential stuffing.

On the other side, user acceptance of passive usage tracking continuously may be an issue for some. There are also compliance and privacy issues raised with regards to implementing the technology. Addressing such concerns and balancing them with security will lead to broader acceptance of continuous authentication.

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