Passkeys are a highly secure, easy-to-use authentication alternative to passwords that allow users to use their device biometrics, such as fingerprints or facial identification, or a PIN or pattern. Built on FIDO standards, passkeys are asymmetric key pairs tied to a user account and a registered website or app. However, a user’s ability to use passkeys depends on the browser and device they’re on and whether they support the WebAuthn protocol. The complexity of browser support for passkeys — aka the "browser dilemma" — has created blind spots for development teams in terms of UX impact, implementation lift, and passkey deployment strategy.
"Passkeys present a pivotal moment in authentication, offering a frictionless and secure answer to the persistent challenges of user authentication. But with platforms quickly evolving, development teams face the challenge of solving for inconsistent user experiences across browsers and devices," said Jasson Casey, CTO of Beyond Identity. "We're excited to present a simple tool that can help teams quickly understand their users’ ability to use passkeys for authentication and make informed decisions around deployment."
With The Passkey Journey, development and UX teams have a free, simple, and transformative tool that offers greater visibility into their user bases’ passkey readiness. Not only will those who leverage the tool better understand the differences in device and browser support of WebAuthn, but they’ll also have information at their fingertips to design passkeys more quickly, accurately forecast UX impact, and integrate passkeys with greater confidence and speed.
"Driving passkey adoption is a critical goal for the FIDO Alliance. Over the past year, we have published research-backed UX guidelines to support consumer deployments and best practice deployment papers to enable enterprise utilization," said Andrew Shikiar, Executive Director and CMO of the FIDO Alliance. "Beyond Identity has been a valuable contributor to FIDO Alliance's efforts to resolve deployment challenges for companies looking to support passkeys. The Passkey Journey is a valuable development tool that stands to help enterprises make informed decisions on their passkey deployments."
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About Beyond Identity
Beyond Identity is revolutionizing digital access for organizations looking to improve protection against cyber attacks and deliver the highest levels of security for their workforces, customers and developers. The company’s suite of passwordless, phishing-resistant, and Zero Trust Authentication solutions improves security and user experience. The platform delivers continuous risk-based authentication incorporating signals from the zero trust ecosystem to ensure only valid users and secure devices gain or maintain access to critical resources. Organizations like Snowflake, Unqork, and Cornell University rely on Beyond Identity’s highly available cloud-native platform to thwart attacks and advance their zero trust strategies. To learn more about Beyond Identity’s FIDO2 certified multi-factor authentication (MFA) solutions, visit beyondidentity.com and stay connected with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.