We are used to going through airport security checkpoints and having to present a photo ID. The bank gives us cash if we can prove that we are who we say we are. But there is no need to show your passport to get through the front door of your own house. Your loving family will welcome you in because they know who you are. The same thing is with software. We used to be able to buy software and install it on our computers and there was not need to present credentials every time we needed to do some work. As more and more businesses are moving to a SaaS model, moving their software to the cloud, you find yourself having to present credentials more often. Sometimes it feels like parts or your home, different rooms are being moved into an airport, or similar security-enforced zone. Want to watch TV in the living room? – show us an ID. Feeling hungry and want to get to your refrigerator? – you better make sure your passport is not expired or that the dog didn’t chew it up. Cloud computing offers benefits at a cost – both in terms of monthly subscriptions, and also in terms of adding more digital security checkpoints and, essentially, more possibilities for points of failure. Adobe is the most recent example, having moved to a SaaS platform, and now announcing that over 38 million users’ credentials have been compromised – not a pretty picture.
Tricerion strong mutual authentication allows users to access online systems from a colocation data center in a way that protects the user’s access and data while not making it seem like you need to take off your shoes, empty your pockets and go through the X-ray machine to get to your photo editing software. We believe security should be user-centric and serve its purpose using a balanced approach to security, usability and cost. When the Cloud goes dark, rain, thunder and lightning should not get in the way of getting things done.