Dear reseller

The security around SMS-based 2-factor authentication has been up for debate for a long time. But now, SMS 2-factor may soon be a thing from the past.

the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft of its Digital Authentication Guideline that says SMS-based 2-factor authentication should be banned in future due to security concerns. Due to rise in data breaches, 2-factor authentication has become a standard practice for many companies. Many services are offering SMS-based 2-factor to its consumers, just to ensure that hackers would need both their passwords and mobile phone in order to hack their accounts.

SMS-based 2-factor authentication is insecure
NIST argues that SMS-based 2-factor authentication is an insecure process because it’s too easy for anyone to obtain a phone and the website operator has no way to verify whether the person who receives the 2-factor code is even the correct recipient. In fact, SMS-based 2-factor authentication is also vulnerable to hijacking, if the individual uses a voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) service, which provides phone call service via a broadband internet connection instead of a traditional network. Since some VoIP services allow the hijacking of SMS messages, hackers could still gain access to your accounts protected with SMS-based 2-factor authentication.

It’s no secret that many companies have used or are still using SMS based 2-factor authentication. So far, it has been considered safe and, not least, easy. Unfortunately, the dramatic evolution of cyber crime shows that we no longer always can have the best protection and ease of use – or can we?

Swivel Secure has developed solution for authentication for more than 20 years and won awards like “SC Magazine Award Europe 2016 Winner”, ”Best Multi-factor Solution”, ”Cutting Edge Award in Multi-Factor Authentication Solutions from Cyber Defense magazine”. They are security specialists and must be considered pioneers within intelligent authentication.

On August 22nd we invite you to join as Swivel Secure will host a small webinar with the topic “SMS 2-factor authentication is dead? The future is intelligent authentication!”
The webinar is held in English by Manuel Ribeiro, Senior Solutions Engineer from Swivel Secure. He will talk about what types of authentication are best depending on the level of risk. He will also talk about WannaCry, its current and future threats, how hackers stole large amounts of information and credentials, and how strong user validation is more necessary than ever before to protect the company’s data from future attacks.

If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to share this email with a colleague who might be interested in the subject.

Tuesday 22nd August 2017
kl. 10.00 – 11.00
SMS 2-factor user authentication is dead? The future is intelligent authentication!
v/ Manuel Ribeiro, Senior Solutions Engineer from Swivel Secure
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