Beyond Identity shows glimpse of password-free future
Beyond Identity hopes to rid the world of one the bugbears of modern life: passwords.
The company, fronted by Jim Clark (Netscape) and Tom ‘TJ’ Jermoluk (@Home Network), is a specialist cybersecurity outfit that believes passwords are fundamentally insecure, citiing a Verizon report that estimates more than 80 per cent of hacking-related breaches are the direct result of stolen credentials.
How does Beyond Identity work?
Beyond Identity’s solution entirely changes the way users log in to the network with a server-to-server chain of trust using X509 certificates. That’s the same certification used by your browser for https, also known as transport layer security (TLS).
That passes the private key security to device level which, Beyond Identity says, is the most secure environment. Biometrics, fingerprinting and PIN codes have all proven difficult to hack, even at government agency level. The public key is useless without access to the private key.
Can companies use Beyond Identity?
Yes, in fact they’re the primary focus of Beyond Identity’s work, both for employed teams and for customers. The company claims ditching passwords will save money and strengthen security on both counts.
Is Beyond Identity expensive?
No, it’s just become free. Free to use with unlimited users and upgrades. There is an ‘advanced’ package (at $6/month) which gives technology management high-level visibility of logs and supports more elaborate installments.
So the future is password free?
If Beyond Identity has its way, yes. And with the announcement that it is offering its technology to companies and individuals for free, that looks increasingly likely. The days of password managers, ‘forgot password’ links and increasingly stringent rules about which characters are necessary/allowed could soon be over.
Confluent announces new private cloud building platform
Confluent, a platform that sets data in motion, today announced Confluent for Kubernetes, the first platform purpose-built to bring cloud-native capabilities to data streams in private infrastructures.
Confluent for Kubernetes allows platform teams to bring much of the same cloud-native experience found within Confluent Cloud to their self-managed environments while enabling operations teams to retain control of their data and infrastructure. As a cloud-native solution, Confluent for Kubernetes helps achieve faster time-to-value and reduce operational burdens with a fully elastic and scalable cloud-native experience in private infrastructure.
“To compete in the digital realm, organisations need to quickly deliver personalised customer experiences and real-time operations, which are only possible with access to data from all environments and cloud-native advantages,” said Ganesh Srinivasan, Chief Product and Engineering Officer, Confluent.
“For organisations that need to operate on-premises, we’re bringing the benefits of cloud computing to their private infrastructure with Confluent for Kubernetes. Now, any company can build a private cloud service to move data across their business regardless of its environment.”
How can Confluent for Kubernetes help?
Organisations who are transitioning to the cloud or who need to keep workloads on-premises can use Confluent for Kubernetes’ cloud-native capabilities, including a declarative API to deploy and operate Confluent. According to the company, the platform also makes moving applications to the public cloud easier by ‘seamlessly migrating workloads to wherever your business needs them with the ability to connect and share data with Confluent Cloud’.
Enhanced reliability – As a cloud-native system, Confluent for Kubernetes detects if a process fails and will automatically restart processes or reschedule as necessary. Automated rack awareness spreads replicas of a partition across different racks, improving the availability of your brokers and limiting the risk of data loss.
Automated elasticity – Meet changing business demands with the ability to scale up using API-driven operations. The platform will automatically generate configurations, schedule and run new broker processes, and ensure data is balanced across brokers so that clusters can be efficiently utilised.
Simplified infrastructure management – Confluent for Kubernetes extends the Kubernetes API, enabling organisations to define the desired high-level state of clusters rather than manage all the low-level details. This infrastructure-as-code approach reduces the operational burden and achieves a faster time to value, while enhancing security with standards that can be easily and consistently deployed across an organisation.