Each year, Gartner releases a Cool Vendors in Identity and Access Management (IAM) list to highlight vendors whose "offerings and business models point to new directions in the market" in an effort to help CISOs and IAM decision-makers consider new technologies and solutions in the IAM market. For 2015, Gartner has honored five IAM vendors, and I'm proud to announce that LaunchKey was among them.
In the report, Gartner Principal Research Analyst, Anmol Singh, writes:
"LaunchKey offers a decentralized mobile authentication platform for multi-factor authentication, real-time authorization and physical access control. It extends its authentication capabilities to IoT devices through a smartphone acting as an authentication gateway to securely communicate with devices. The innovative approach to authentication offered by LaunchKey demonstrates that this company is disruptive to traditional authentication approaches and an effective alternative to other out-of-band (OOB) authentication methods."
The report also notes that the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the IAM market and forcing CISOs and IAM decision-makers to consider authentication alternatives that are compatible with a technological landscape that's often inherently incompatible with many classic authentication standards like passwords and biometrics. Fortunately, LaunchKey's fully-decentralized architecture shifts the layer of authentication and authorization out of band and onto mobile devices. This means any "thing" with an internet or wireless connection to a mobile device can utilize multi-factor authentication through LaunchKey's decentralized auth platform.
"IAM leaders need to find authentication methods that can be integrated with things as well as endpoint devices, business applications, and so on," says Gartner.
You can read more about the 2015 Cool Vendors in IAM report here.
At LaunchKey, we’re always looking at innovative new ways to extend our next generation authentication technology so we were excited when we got our hands on the new Apple Watch. Even more so than a mobile phone, an interface that’s directly attached to your person like a smart watch makes for an ideal authenticator which is why our mobile development team was eager to put together a LaunchKey-Apple Watch integration.
Others in the authentication space have merely demonstrated the ability to extend legacy 2-step authentication (OTP) to the smart watch which means their capability is limited to logging in with tokens. However with LaunchKey, not only can any internet-connected application push a login request through to the Apple Watch for passwordless login, the user can also remotely log out of that same application.
Additionally, the user or the requesting application can take advantage of LaunchKey’s multiple other authentication factors like geofencing which restricts auth requests to one or more geo-locations. The application itself can also enforce security policies through the LaunchKey API like restricting authorizations to specific time frames, users, locations, etc. None of this is possible with traditional 2-step authentication and OTP, but not only is ...
The root of most security breaches starts with a compromised password, yet little has been done to address that attack vector decades later...
That’s why we decided to take care of the password.
LaunchKey is the first fully decentralized authentication platform that allows enterprises to secure virtually any online or offline system using mobile devices as smart keys — eliminating the need for passwords.
We’ll be at Interop Vegas, the leading independent technology conference and expo designed to connect the world's IT community, to celebrate the death of the password.
You can find us in Booth #1359, watch our Interop Startup Hot Seat presentation, and most importantly, join us for free cocktails, raffle prizes, and relaxation at our Happy Hour.
See What LaunchKey Can Do
If you get a chance, stop by Booth, #1359, and get a firsthand look at how our platform turns mobile devices into powerful smart keys that can log in to any internet-connected application, verify identities, and authorize payment transactions in real-time.
Using LaunchKey eliminates the risk of password breaches and keeps user information anonymous by encrypting all personally identifying info on the end user’s device.
You’ll get to see first hand ...
At ISC West, we're presenting the first fully decentralized authentication platform capable of immunizing your organization from password breaches, eliminating credit card fraud with real-time payment authorization, and even securing physical access control systems.
If you're attending the largest security industry trade show in the U.S., you'll get the chance to see how you can secure your business and applications with the mobile devices your users already own. Stop by the LaunchKey booth, #29018, to see demos of smartphones working as multi-factor smart keys — enabling virtually any enterprise or customer-facing application to be secured without passwords.
Using authentication factors like fingerprint scan, geofencing, combination lock and others, you can give your users the power to log into any online application, verify identity, and approve transactions in real-time.
By removing passwords from your application, it will no longer be at risk of password breaches, and since LaunchKey encrypts all authentication data locally on the end user's device, LaunchKey possesses no personally identifying information within its own servers. This anonymous architecture means even a successful attack on LaunchKey can't reveal any usable data capable of compromising the security of your users.
The best part? LaunchKey is ...
As a Python shop, we’re excited to introduce our passwordless authentication-as-a-service technology to our fellow developers at PyCon. LaunchKey's decentralized auth approach gives Python devs new ways to solve the challenging scenarios presented by the rising tide of password breaches and new problems that come with the growing Internet of Things.
Seeing the password as the root of security breaches, LaunchKey turns the mobile devices that people already own into smart keys capable of passwordless multi-factor authentication, real-time authorization, access control, and identity verification—all through one consolidated, anonymous platform.
There, that’s all the business speak I’ll use, but we hope to see you at PyCon. In fact, if you are up to the challenge, come by booth #310 and participate in our special PyCon contest where you can win an iPad Mini, a Pebble Smart Watch, a pair of Beats by Dre, or some sweet mini drones. I am sure you want to know more details, but all I can say is it involves our API and your dev skills, so come to the booth!
You can get an in-depth look at our REST API through the authentication flow documentation, and we have libraries and ...