High-profile account takeover cases like the one at Marriott are viewed as a driver to move organizations toward passwordless authentication. Today’s columnist, Jasson Casey of Beyond Identity, updates readers on the industry’s progress. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)

The death of passwords has been predicted time and again. Not without good reason: passwords are a weak link and a headache from both a security and operational perspective. But despite calls for their elimination, most people still use passwords today. Why has the passwordless dream not come to fruition yet? Why is now different? And what are the components of an effective passwordless solution?

The benefits of passwordless are made clear every day, whether it’s the frequent headlines flagging new password leaks or a study by Forrester Research showing that password resets cost companies an average of $70 each. The main benefits of passwordless are twofold: 

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