Step Up Authentication

A major problem with using traditional passwords is that they rely on static authentication. Once a user is logged in – they have the keys to the kingdom. For years, static authentication has prevented enterprises from securing user actions with multiple levels of assurance based on contextual data. Enterprises have tried to tackle this problem by enforcing multi-step authentication through SMS codes and phone verification – but have yet to succeed in improving security and usability on a mass scale.


Step Up Authentication


Continuous Multi-Step Authentication With HYPR


HYPR biometric tokenization offers enterprises the power to enforce additional layers of security and achieve higher levels of assurance depending on the action users take and how they take them. HYPR not only lets relying parties deploy multi-factor authentication with modalities like fingerprint, voice, face, and eye recognition – but to also enforce a continuous authentication protocol based on contextual data. This use of at least one other mode when the user action warrants is called step-up authentication.

The additional certainty that multi-step authentication provides allows for substantial risk reduction and enhances confidence for every stakeholder along the app user experience. Here are some examples of multi-step authentication in different use cases:

  • A biometric vehicle that requires voice for unlock but voice and facial recognition for ignition.
  • Your bank can require Touch ID for account login but require Touch plus voice verification for transferring funds.
  • Heading out of town? Set your biometric home security system to require multiple modalities for entry.




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