What is Authentication Intent?
Authentication intent is a specific action required by the user intending to login. It is also used to reduce the risks of unintended or malicious login. Examples of requiring authentication intent include typing in an OTP, inserting a USB, scanning a token, pushing a button, and perhaps biometrics. NIST Special Publication 800-63B 5.2.9 defines “authentication intent” as the following:
“An authentication process demonstrates intent if it requires the subject to explicitly respond to each authentication or reauthentication request. The goal of authentication intent is to make it more difficult for directly-connected physical authenticators (e.g., multi-factor cryptographic devices) to be used without the subject’s knowledge, such as by malware on the endpoint. Authentication intent SHALL be established by the authenticator itself, although multi-factor cryptographic devices MAY establish intent by reentry of the other authentication factor on the endpoint with which the authenticator is used.”
GateKeeper authentication intent options.
Authentication intent is important to determine when a user is attempting to login to an account. GateKeeper Proximity tokens have multiple options for smarter authentication intent to login to computers and websites (all options require the presence of the user’s assigned GateKeeper token). Each authentication intent method was designed to fill the particular needs of IT managers in different industries. Some end users need a hands-free login method. Other users need stronger security but unimpeded logins.
- Type PIN to login.
- Touch your token to the USB reader to login.
- Press the Enter key to login.
- Login automatically based on presence.
Check out how one U.S. manufacturer increased productivity on the factory line by deploying smarter authentication intent using GateKeeper proximity tokens. The facility’s 400+ users save over 240 hours of login time per month. Using the right authentication intent option, IT admins can empower users to login faster than ever.