TypingDNA has released a new continuous authentication solution designed to stop malicious actors that try to take advantage of a company computer. The ActiveLock authenticates users with typing biometrics, and can automatically lock down a machine if an unauthorized user sits down at the keyboard.
According to TypingDNA, ActiveLock will help cut down on insider threats to enterprise organizations. Such threats are up more than 50 percent in the past year, with each incident carrying an average price tag of $13.3 million. Some of those incidents are the result of deliberate malfeasance, while others are the result of negligence when an authorized user leaves their device unlocked and unattended.
ActiveLock can guard against both kinds of threats. Like other TypingDNA products, ActiveLock analyzes keystroke patterns to build a typing profile of a user. It then runs in the background to passively confirm that person’s identity throughout the entire session. If an unauthorized user tries to access the device, ActiveLock can immediately step in to lock the computer, or it can send out a silent alarm to system administrators to trigger a follow-up investigation.
TypingDNA believes that ActiveLock is ideal for remote and hybrid work environments, especially since many people leave their devices unattended while working in coffee shops or other public settings. In that regard, ActiveLock delivers a high level of security without forcing people to re-enter login information several times over the course of the day.
ActiveLock is compatible with both Windows and macOS devices, and can be integrated with existing software or deployed as a standalone security solution. The solution does not gather any personal identifying information, and instead looks only at typing patterns, and not at the actual words being punched into the computer. As a result, ActiveLock is able to verify people’s identities while still respecting user privacy.
January 20, 2022 – by Eric Weiss