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Beyond Identity strikes up strategic partnership with World Wide Technology

WWT will implement Beyond Identity’s authentication platform internally while also acting as a global channel partner

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Phishing-resistant and passwordless multi-factor authentication (MFA) provider Beyond Identity has announced a “two-pronged partnership” with IT and consulting services business World Wide Technology (WWT).

The agreement will see WWT leverage Beyond Identity’s identification platform internally, as well as act as a global channel partner for the company.

WWT has already rolled out Beyond Identity’s passwordless MFA, designed to meet both phishing resistant and stringent zero-trust requirements, to its 8,000 employees. The offering eliminates passwords and other weak MFA factors such as push notifications, one-time codes, and magic links. The result is frictionless authentication that combines device biometrics with strong cryptographic passkeys.

In an announcement, Beyond Identity CEO Thomas Jermoluk said modern cyber attacks have now surpassed traditional MFA technology, leaving organisations “widely exposed”.

“If there’s a password, or other weak factors, there’s an easily exploited attack vector for threat actors,” he said. “Beyond Identity’ enables organisations to modernise their infrastructure and stay ahead of hackers.”

The firm says its solution provides the base layer for zero trust with strong user authentication and an advanced policy engine that evaluates security posture and incorporates risk signals from MDM, EDR, and ZTNA solutions - both during the authentication process and continuously thereafter.

Bill Hogan, the company’s CRO, added that WWT’s move towards passwordless MFA will provide a springboard to showcase its benefits to customers.

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“The world is going passwordless and we’re delighted that WWT selected Beyond Identity to take their company there today,” commented Bill Hogan, CRO of Beyond Identity. “Their entire go-to-market team can now personally vouch our unmatched user experience and with Beyond Identity available in WWT’s Advanced Technology Center, their team can showcase important integrations with zero trust leaders like CrowdStrike and Zscaler.”

Based in Maryland Heights, Missouri, IT provider WWT boasts more than 30 years in the industry and has grown to employ 8,000 staff around the world. The company also works with more than 70 Fortune 100 companies.

Beyond Identity says this new partnership will facilitate a significant reduction in both WWT’s and its customers’ cyber security risk through zero trust, as well as help reduce costs by eliminating password reset calls.

“After evaluating a strategic partnership with Beyond Identity, it was clear that they could provide value to our company beyond just an industry relationship,” explained Jim Kavanaugh, CEO of WWT. “We were blown away by Beyond Identity’s advanced MFA, and the awesome user experience also played a large part in our decision making.”

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