Zitadel targets developers with open source identity management platform

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Zitadel, an identity management platform, announced $2.5 million in seed funding to enhance its open-source identity management platform for developers.

According to Florian Forster, co-founder and CEO of Zitadel, the Zitadel platform is designed to help developers integrate identity management into their software, forming the basis of the company’s SaaS product. Forster said it offers secure login, authorization, and user self-service to help developers focus on building their business functionality, while Zitadel focuses on providing the necessary functionality around managing users and accesses for B2C and B2B cases.

Passwordless authentication

Passwords are not ideal as they can be forgotten or lost. According to a study, 73% of users reset at least one password every 90 days because they forgot it. This explains why more than 60% of employees use the same password for work and personal apps. Although 91% of respondents in a recent survey were aware of the dangers of password reuse, 59% admitted to doing so anyway. It’s no surprise that passwords have been a popular target for cybercriminals with a report citing that password issues accounted for over 81% of all cyberattacks.

Passwordless authentication replaces passwords with alternative authentication factors such as biometrics, which can include fingerprints, palm prints, fingerprints, retina or iris scans, or voice or facial recognition. In fact, biometrics are proving to be better than passwords, Forbes reports, not only because they provide greater privacy and security, but also because they’re easier to use on a myriad of devices. desktop, mobiles and servers.

Many enterprise security managers are always looking for ways to balance trust and accountability with cost and user experience (UX) when it comes to identity and access management (IAM). Biometric authentication, according to Gartner, offers a better chance of achieving this balance than traditional approaches such as passwords or tokens.

A developer-centric solution

There were several developer-specific challenges that the Zitadel team worked to address: Due to consolidation in the identity market, Forster told VentureBeat in an email interview that “there are currently a lack of developer-oriented identity tools that allow for easy integration into software projects.” Therefore, developers can spend considerable time creating their own authentication and authorization systems. There is also a growing demand for open source tools written in modern programming languages ​​such as Go.

Forster says Zitadel, which was built primarily in the Go programming language, addresses these challenges by providing integrations in a variety of languages ​​and frameworks. He added that this flexibility allows developers to take advantage of predefined enterprise capabilities to increase productivity. Additionally, the company says its capabilities cater to existing open-source projects that weren’t designed for a cloud-native, serverless environment.

Cloud hosting and self-hosting

Zitadel’s platform is available for self-hosted and cloud-hosted options. And while traditional hosting has a number of advantages that will keep it relevant for many years to come, Zitadel says its cloud-hosted offering allows anyone to create a Zitadel instance in less than five minutes and without using a card. credit.

Additionally, Zitadel says its cloud allows users to define the country or geopolitical region in which their data is stored, as part of its ongoing commitment to providing GDPR support to its customers. While the GDPR is intended to protect personal information and secure the data of EU citizens and residents, it may also apply to businesses, NGOs and universities outside the EU, such as in the United States. United.

Identity management contest

Every online user engagement begins with the user’s identity, and any connection must balance user convenience, privacy, and security. While there are various companies that provide IAM services, Forster said Zitadel’s most relevant competitors are Auth0/Okta and Keycloak, as they also focus on developers and a passwordless approach.

However, Forster said Zitadel combines features from multiple vendors in this space. He noted that Zitadel is modern and flexible like Auth0 and open source like Keycloak. He said that compared to Auth0, users have the freedom to run Zitadel efficiently on any infrastructure. Additionally, developers looking for an open-source alternative, like Keycloak, get an identity management platform based on a scalable technology stack. All of this, Forster said, is accomplished while supporting a number of well-known protocols such as OpenID Connect, OAuth, SAML 2.0 and FIDO.

In a press release, Zitadel said it has improved the readiness of the solution for enterprises. Multi-tenancy, infinite audit trails, better support for self-hosting and serverless deployment are some of the new features, as is the ability to extend Zitadel’s functionality with WebAssembly code on measure.

The funding, led by Nexus Venture Partners, will be used to recruit the skills and resources needed to build a community around the open source project.

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