The difference between digital certificates and passwords

The majority of businesses do not realize just how many security threats they face as a result of building a password-protected network.

Many businesses do not realize how many security threats they face if they use a password-protected network. Each day, data theft and hacking techniques are becoming more advanced, resulting in a doubling of data theft rates. As security technology increases, a debate appears to be taking place as to whether hacking techniques will also increase. In addition to having to change passwords regularly, passwords can be easily decrypted, and they are a dying security measure. This can all be solved with digital certificates.


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The majority of businesses do not realize just how many security threats they face as a result of building a password-protected network. Every day, technology is advanced enough that data theft and hacking techniques are getting more sophisticated, hence, the number of data thefts are doubling continuously. Currently, a debate is taking place regarding whether hacking techniques will increase in line with the advancement of security technology. As well as the fact that one has to change passwords regularly, passwords are easy to decrypt, and they are a declining method of securing the information on the internet. A digital certificate can help solve all of these issues.


With certificates, password resets are no longer necessary

Users of credential-based networks are responsible for maintaining network security, which includes regularly changing their passwords before a deadline. For instance, one college student may need to change their password for five different devices. IT departments can become overburdened with support tickets, preventing them from focusing on value-added tasks.

Through the certification process, the configuration process is simplified and a great deal of responsibility is taken off the user's shoulders. Through the use of certificates, reset policies are not needed. In order to gain access to the network, a user must hold a valid certificate until it expires. In order to have access to an institution's network for three years, most universities give incoming students a three-year certificate of completion.

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Authentication in networks is more reliable with certificates

  It is the end-user who creates the keywords or phrases that will be used to create the credentials. In order to communicate over the air with a certificate, public-private key encryption is used. In addition, EAP-TLS, the most secure authentication protocol, is utilized to authenticate and encrypt information. Credential-based networks have a major flaw related to human behavior that makes them vulnerable to malicious attacks. Most people reuse passwords or use weak passwords, which compromises the security of the network. If a man-in-the-middle attack is conducted successfully, the attacker can easily breach a network using credential-based authentication, steal a password, and then get the password for the victim's other accounts that also use that password. There is a risk that MITM attacks can lead to the loss of valuable data, and a certificate can eliminate that risk. Attackers who use MITM set up a rogue access point that was accessed by users unwittingly so that they could steal credentials. Despite the fact that a user might accidentally authenticate to a rogue network, the data that is sent is not usable to an attacker since certificates are encrypted by default and can only be decrypted using the private key pair.


The Cost-Effectiveness of Certificates Over Passwords

You may also see an increase in customer support tickets if your cybersecurity system is inefficient and has a poor user experience. Every minute your IT department spends responding to support tickets is time that could have been spent updating and preparing your security system. It was true in the past that certification-based infrastructure was difficult and expensive. But that's no longer the case. The automated onboarding software has streamlined and reduced the costs associated with certificate issuance. With IronWifi, small-to-medium businesses can ensure that their networks are protected by a high-quality service that is affordable and automated.


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Certificates are required to identify any network connection

The problem with passwords is that they do not identify users on a network because they can be easily stolen. Person 2 might obtain your unique password by sharing it with you, however, you would not be able to tell if he had given it to Person 2. Every network connection can be assigned a name with the help of certificates. In addition to the MAC address, email address, username, and any other attribute of your identity provider, certificates can provide a host of identifying information.

A PKI solution such as ours is used by many schools as a way to provide their students with both Wi-Fi & SSL Inspection certificates, significantly increasing their visibility into what traffic their students are browsing.




Using certificates to reduce Wi-Fi IT requests

The use of credentials is an outdated approach to a problem that is ever-growing. Modern cyber threats cannot be protected with just one layer of security. Multi-factor authentication and two-factor authentication are a clear indications that a dynamic shift has taken place. It is ineffective to implement a password change policy on a network that is becoming more and more obsolete. The IT department can spend a lot of time dealing with credentials problems, which can keep them from doing more productive work.

IT departments and clients benefit greatly from certificates. An IT department can benefit from a certificate-based network by reducing unnecessary work, the company's data will be more secure, and the end-user will find it easier to access the network.

With IronWifi, organizations can eliminate the need for Wi-Fi passwords by switching to certificate-based network authentication.


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