Keeper Security Adds Support for Single Two-Factor Authentication

Keeper Security, a provider of zero-trust and zero-knowledge cybersecurity software, is introducing support for hardware security keys as a single Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) method.

This is the latest enhancement to Keeper’s solutions, on the heels of announcing Granular Sharing Enforcements for its platform.

Implementing user authentication with only a hardware security key enhances overall security by providing a robust physical second factor, mitigating remote attacks and reducing dependency on mobile devices, according to the company.

Administrators can enforce the use of a hardware key as the sole 2FA method and mandate even more robust restrictions by requiring the use of a PIN.

Stronger authentication factors are becoming increasingly important as cybercriminals become more sophisticated, breaking down what were previously considered ironclad defenses. This has led organizations and individuals alike to seek out more secure 2FA alternatives, according to the company.

“Cybercriminals are creative and relentless in their mission to break historically secure solutions,” said Craig Lurey, CTO and co-founder of Keeper Security. “In response, many organizations are transitioning to hardware-based 2FA devices like YubiKey. With Keeper, administrators can now enforce the use of a hardware security key as the sole 2FA option, empowering users with a simple and user-friendly, but highly secure authentication method."

While support for hardware security keys is not new to Keeper, users were previously required to have a backup 2FA option in addition to their security key.

Now, enterprise and consumer users alike can have a security key as their only 2FA method. Keeper enables users to have multiple security keys, allowing users to have backup keys, keys in multiple locations or keys for multiple devices.

Existing users can log in to the Keeper Web Vault or Keeper Desktop App version 16.10.12+ to remove other methods of 2FA if they prefer to only use a security key on its own.

Administrators can also require their users to enable a PIN (FIDO2 user verification) with their security key, further protecting their organizations. Keeper supports login on iOS and Android devices with a security key. However, setup of a security key as the sole 2FA method must be performed on the Web Vault or Keeper Desktop App.

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