Posted By: Dwayne Cosby - Head of Customer Success, Uniken Inc. | Posted On: April 8, 2021
In our rapidly evolving connected world, it’s nearly impossible for users to understand the types of threats that could compromise the online security of personal information and take necessary precautions. When companies place the burden of security mostly (or entirely) on the user, they can fall victim to a number of sophisticated man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks carefully crafted to trick even the most diligent user. That’s why companies need software solutions that can help prevent these attacks and protect their assets and data.
Cybersecurity and Infosec magazine Threat.Technology has selected Uniken as a Top Man-in-the-Middle Solutions Provider. Companies were evaluated and selected based on their innovations, including ideas, route to market, and product, as well as their growth, management, and societal impact. Read on for more information about MITM attacks and how Uniken’s solutions prevent them.
What is a Man-in-the-Middle Attack?
A man-in-the-middle attack is when an attacker secretly relays and possibly alters the communications between two parties who believe that they are directly communicating with each other.
There are a number of different attack types:
IP, DNS, and HTTPS Spoofing – Through spoofing, bad actors can send or divert victims to fraudulent websites. The user believes that they’re interacting with a valid website or contact, all while the attacker can monitor their interactions and steal information.
Email and Session Hijacking – After gaining access to target email accounts or online session via stolen session key or browser cookies, cybercriminals can monitor transactions between a company and its customers. Then, they spoof one or all members of the conversation in order to steal funds.
Wi-Fi Eavesdropping – Bad actors set up Wi-Fi connections with very legitimate sounding names, similar to a nearby business. As soon as a victim connects, they can monitor the user’s online activity and intercept valuable information.
How Does Uniken Help Prevent MITM Attacks?
There are a few things that need to happen in order to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks. Companies need to ensure with absolute certainty that their user’s network, Wi-Fi connection, and device are all secure and that the user is who they say they are. Traditionally, that would require multiple, separate technology solutions. At the same time, users need to know with absolute certainty that when they engage with a company, they are in fact dealing with them and not an imposter.
Uniken’s REL-ID Security Platform combines endpoint threat detection, identity verification, and mutual multifactor authentication into one solution. The SDK gets embedded into the company’s mobile app, adding multiple layers of security at once. Customers can then download the fully secured app and onboard themselves as an existing user, or as a new customer with full identity verification within seconds. During the onboarding, and at each login after that, REL-ID checks their device for malware and network integrity, verifies the device and app identity, and verifies user biometrics. Combined with cryptographic split-keys, REL-ID strongly authenticates the customer using mutual multifactor authentication that’s invisible to both customers and hackers. Because it’s invisible, it can’t be lost, stolen, phished, or spoofed.
With REL-ID, companies can take the security on their mobile app and apply it to all channels. Users have a consistent, secure experience whether they’re using the app, logging in from a browser, or calling a call center. The easier and safer it is for customers to do business with an organization, the more they will, helping companies earn greater wallet share and breath of product.