The need for a more secure and reliable 2FA solution
Many of ISC’s partners are journalists and activists who are frequent targets of hacking because of their work. In many cases hackers know how to successfully attack traditional two-factor authentication (2FA) systems by making duplicate SIM cards or luring users to phishing websites that trick the user into revealing the second factor. Through these and other methods, many journalists have had their email and other accounts hacked. This has often resulted in their private information being stolen and used to discredit their activism.
To help protect email and other communications, The ISC Project wanted to help their stakeholders protect access to email accounts and online apps. 2FA had not been successful in the past because users were required to continuously change time-based tokens, which was not a practical approach. As a result, the ISC Project wanted to implement a strong and reliable 2FA solution that would be easy to deploy and easy to use without a lot of training or technical expertise on the part of the end user.