The implementation of passwordless technology in the workplace is facing obstacles due to legacy technology and compliance requirements, according to a recent report by Delinea Research.


The report highlights the challenges organizations are encountering in adopting passwordless authentication methods, such as biometrics and passkeys [3] [6]. These challenges include the reliance on passwords and multi-factor authentication (MFA) in legacy platforms and apps, the need for consistent authentication methods across all systems [1] [2] [3] [4] [5], and employee resistance to passwordless processes [4]. Compliance requirements are also emphasized, with 95 percent of respondents needing to demonstrate access controls [1]. To address these challenges, many organizations are utilizing Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions to manage workplace passwords [1] [2] [6]. The report predicts that the future of access management will involve overcoming challenges with MFA at login and eventually eliminating the need for usernames and passwords altogether. Additionally, the report explores the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in cybersecurity [3], with differing views on its potential as both a defender and a threat. As biometrics improve [3] [6], legacy technology is replaced [3] [4] [6], and AI strengthens security measures [3] [6], organizations are expected to become more comfortable with the idea of a passwordless future [6].


The report highlights the impact of legacy technology and compliance requirements on the adoption of passwordless technology in the workplace. However, organizations are taking steps to address these challenges by utilizing Privileged Access Management solutions. The future of access management is expected to involve overcoming MFA challenges and eliminating the need for usernames and passwords. As biometrics improve and AI strengthens security measures [6], organizations are likely to become more accepting of a passwordless future.