Bernard is a seasoned software product leader, an international manager and an entrepreneur. He joined Systancia early 2019 as Chief Product Officer. Before that, he has spent nearly 15 years at Axway leading international product marketing and product management teams. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, he created a Business Process Management software company that he led and managed for 5 years. His main domains of expertise are cybersecurity, API management, file sync and share, hybrid integration and business process management, in which he co-authored a book. Bernard graduated from the Polytechnic School of Louvain in Belgium.
A new way to tackle the authentication challenge – how to prevent unauthorized access to critical IT assets
Amongst the many cybersecurity challenges, authentication is a key one, because it may be the weakest link, as it also relates to human behavior. Once the user has opened the door, how can you be assured that it is the same user who visits the rooms of your house ? One time authentication is far from being enough and secure : you need to check, on a regular basis, that it is still the same user that you expect behind the screen. How can you do this without hurting the user experience (you can’t request the user to re-authenticate every minute). It takes AI and behavior analysis to do this in a way that is totally transparent to the user. Systancia is developing “continuous authentication” by applying AI to this very specific use case, and the first outcomes of our experiences (based on data from our own employees) show positive results for a viable solution in business real life. We see value for such a technology in the Privilege Access Management (PAM) use cases : users such as system administrators who have a privileged access to IT resources and applications. Whether these privileged users work in the office, at home, while in mobility or from a third party service provider, you must be guaranteed that someone has not taken their seat as they access to your most critical IT assets.