Technology Record - Issue 31: Winter 2023

INTERVIEW Creating trust in the identity lifecycle Sean Dyon explains how HYPR’s Identity Assurance platform combines modern authentication capabilities with comprehensive risk assessment to improve security for organisations and their employees Analyst firm Gartner predicts that by the end of 2023, nine per cent of knowledge workers around the world will work fully remotely, while 39 per cent will have a hybrid arrangement. When working remotely, all of these employees still require daily access to company information and systems. This presents organisations with the unique challenge of maintaining security whilst giving access to devices outside of company buildings. HYPR’s end-to-end identity security solutions ensure organisations are able to verify that employees are who they say they are when accessing company information remotely, without the need for a password, which is often weak and unsecure. “Passwords have been the bane of our existence for more than 60 years,” says Sean Dyon, vice president of strategic alliances and architecture at HYPR. “The business was founded in 2014 on the core principle of eliminating the need for passwords within organisations. We’ve since become the goldstandard in passwordless multi-factor authentication and have expanded further in recent years. “Our expanded mission involves creating a chain of trust between an identity and the credentials associated with that user for every interaction they have within an organisation, from day one as a new employee right through to their final day. Establishing this new approach to identity security meant we needed to create a new category of authentication solutions. Our Identity Assurance platform is focused on creating this trust throughout the entire identity lifecycle.” HYPR’s Identity Assurance platform works seamlessly with Microsoft Entra ID to protect the virtual identities of workers. The platform builds upon passwordless authentication by combining passkey-based authentication with continuous risk monitoring and automated identity verification. “These three components are the pillars of identity assurance,” explains Dyon. “It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, we all have the same issue – how can I trust that the BY LAURA HYDE 80