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Foxpass Cloud RADIUS & Microsoft Cloud PKI for Wi-Fi Authentication

By Trevor Jackins
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Cybersecurity is rapidly evolving in today’s digital age, with threats becoming more sophisticated daily. Traditional security measures, especially those relying on passwords, are increasingly inadequate. The push towards a passwordless future is not just a trend but a necessary evolution in our approach to securing digital assets and access.

In this context, certificate-based authentication (CBA) is a cornerstone of modern cybersecurity strategies, offering a more secure and user-friendly alternative to the password paradigm.

This month, we stand at the cusp of a significant advancement in cybersecurity with the launch of Microsoft Cloud PKI, which is set to be available as part of the Microsoft Intune Suite. This initiative marks a pivotal moment as Microsoft extends its support for CBA, further endorsing it as a critical component of a robust zero-trust security model.

Parallel to this exciting development, Splashtop is thrilled to announce that Foxpass Cloud RADIUS is fully compatible and available as a complementary solution to Microsoft Cloud PKI, tailored explicitly for securing access to Wi-Fi networks and VPNs.

The synergy between Microsoft Cloud PKI and Foxpass Cloud RADIUS represents a significant leap forward, embodying the momentum towards CBA and embracing a zero-trust approach to cybersecurity.

First-Day Compatibility with Microsoft Cloud PKI

The addition of Microsoft Cloud PKI to the Microsoft Intune Suite signifies a groundbreaking move by Microsoft to further empower organizations with advanced security measures.

Microsoft Cloud PKI is poised to play a pivotal role in the modern cybersecurity framework by providing a robust public key infrastructure (PKI) management infrastructure. PKI is the backbone of secure digital communication, enabling encryption, digital signatures, and CBA.

With the launch of Microsoft Cloud PKI, Microsoft is not just offering a product but is reinforcing the critical importance of CBA as a foundational element of a zero-trust security approach.

Zero trust is a cybersecurity paradigm that insists on strict identity verification for every person and device trying to access resources on a private network, regardless of whether they are within or outside the network perimeter.

The compatibility of Foxpass Cloud RADIUS with Microsoft Cloud PKI ensures that organizations can seamlessly integrate Foxpass Cloud RADIUS to secure access to their Wi-Fi networks and VPNs, leveraging the advanced security features of Microsoft Cloud PKI from day one.

Momentum for Certificate-Based Authentication (CBA)

Organizations are increasingly moving away from traditional password-based security measures. This shift is primarily driven by the growing recognition of the limitations and vulnerabilities associated with passwords, such as susceptibility to phishing attacks, password reuse, and the general inconvenience of managing complex passwords.

In response to these challenges, there's a clear momentum building for CBA as a more secure, efficient, and user-friendly alternative.

Microsoft's endorsement of CBA, mainly through the launch of Microsoft Cloud PKI, marks a significant milestone in the journey toward a passwordless future. Microsoft Cloud PKI addresses a critical need for more secure authentication methods by facilitating digital certificates for authentication.

The excitement around Microsoft Cloud PKI and its support for CBA reflects a broader industry consensus on the importance of moving towards more secure authentication methods. CBA offers several critical advantages over traditional passwords:

  • Enhanced Security: Digital certificates are much harder to compromise than passwords. They rely on cryptographic techniques that provide a higher level of security, significantly reducing the risk of unauthorized access.

  • Streamlined User Experience: With CBA, users no longer need to remember and enter passwords. This simplifies the login process and eliminates common issues like password fatigue and the need for frequent password resets.

  • Scalability and Flexibility: Certificates can be easily deployed and managed at scale, making them ideal for organizations of all sizes. Additionally, they support a wide range of use cases, from securing Wi-Fi and VPN connections to enabling secure email and digital signatures.

The Need for Cloud-Based RADIUS Solutions

The evolution towards CBA and the gradual phasing out of passwords underline a critical need for infrastructure that supports these advancements.

Cloud-based RADIUS solutions, like Foxpass Cloud RADIUS, emerge as essential components in this landscape, offering a blend of flexibility, security, and ease of integration that traditional on-premise solutions struggle to match.

Overcoming the Limitations of On-Premise RADIUS Servers

Traditionally, RADIUS servers have been deployed on-premise, requiring significant investment in hardware, software, and ongoing maintenance. These systems, while robust, impose limitations in terms of scalability, cost, and the agility needed to adapt to new security protocols and standards. The maintenance of on-premise RADIUS servers represents a considerable resource allocation for IT departments, from initial setup to hardware failures and software updates.

In contrast, cloud-based RADIUS solutions like Foxpass Cloud RADIUS eliminate these challenges. Organizations can sidestep the capital expenditures and operational complexities associated with on-premise deployments by leveraging the cloud. This shift reduces costs and enhances an organization's ability to scale its authentication mechanisms in line with growth or fluctuating demand.

Related: FreeRADIUS For Secure Wi-Fi? Here’s a Better Alternative

Foxpass Cloud RADIUS – Features and Benefits

Foxpass Cloud RADIUS stands out as a fully managed, cloud-based RADIUS server solution that brings many features and benefits designed to meet the modern security demands of businesses.

This section explores the key features and benefits of Foxpass Cloud RADIUS, emphasizing its role in enhancing organizational security and streamlining access management.

  • Immediate Compatibility with Microsoft Cloud PKI: As mentioned, Foxpass Cloud RADIUS is immediately compatible with Microsoft Cloud PKI. This ensures that organizations can leverage the latest certificate-based security from day one.

  • Native Cloud Integration: Foxpass Cloud RADIUS integrates natively with leading cloud identity providers, including Microsoft Entra ID (Azure), OKTA, and Google. This integration facilitates a unified authentication experience across various platforms and devices, supporting Windows, Mac, Chromebook, iOS, and Android.

  • Enhanced Security with CBA: Foxpass Cloud RADIUS's core value proposition is its support for CBA, providing a more secure alternative to traditional password-based methods.

  • Simplified User Experience: Foxpass Cloud RADIUS simplifies the user experience by eliminating the need for passwords. This streamlined access process enhances user satisfaction and reduces the administrative burden on IT teams.

  • Scalability and Cost Efficiency: Foxpass Cloud RADIUS offers unparalleled scalability and cost efficiency as a cloud-based solution. Organizations can easily scale their authentication infrastructure without additional hardware or significant upfront investments. This flexibility makes Foxpass Cloud RADIUS an attractive option for businesses of all sizes, from startups to large enterprises.

  • Supporting BYOD Policies: With the increasing prevalence of BYOD policies, Foxpass Cloud RADIUS’ compatibility with a wide range of devices ensures that employees can securely access the network, regardless of their chosen device.

Conclusion: Embracing the Future of Secure Authentication

By leveraging Microsoft Cloud PKI's and Foxpass Cloud RADIUS's strengths, organizations can protect their networks, data, and user identities more effectively while enhancing the user experience and operational efficiency.

We invite you to experience the benefits of this secure combination firsthand by starting a free trial of Foxpass. Discover how easy and efficient it can be to implement a robust, CBA system seamlessly integrating with Microsoft Cloud PKI.

With Foxpass Cloud RADIUS, you can enhance your organization's security posture, reduce administrative overhead, and provide a seamless access experience for your users.

Join the ranks of forward-thinking organizations already leveraging Foxpass Cloud RADIUS to secure their networks and embrace the future of authentication. Start your free trial today and take the first step towards a more secure, passwordless world.

Trevor Jackins Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Splashtop
Trevor Jackins
Trevor Jackins is a Marketing Manager at Splashtop. He’s also a passionate user of Splashtop’s remote access software as he uses it to remote into his office computer to work from home! Trevor’s excitement for Splashtop stems from his interest in how technology can improve our daily lives.
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