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Status Not under consideration
Categories Security
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 13, 2022

Partner Level Authentication

We are starting to see more and more customers want to move to SSH Key only auth, however, we are not set to that today, nor are all of our customers ready/willing to make that switch. Since the authentication requirement is set at a system level, this poses a problem. If this were set at the partner level, we could allow customers choose which method is right for them.

What is your industry? Banking
How will this idea be used?

Customers can choose auth method, such as SSH key only or SSH key + pw

  • Guest
    Jan 26, 2023

    Thank you for the idea. We have analyzed this request and have found it to be going counter to general best practice. Within IBM’s own policies, secure logon guidance is clearly towards MFA. For reference

    IBM and the IBM Sterling team follow a rigid Security and Privacy by Design (SPbD) practice, and our onprem B2B & MFT portfolio and we will continue to be reviewed for MFA support.

    Single-factor authentication is allowed to support application-specific use cases, however, we’re not comfortable moving forward with this request. While we have declined this request, will leave the Idea out there on the portal for other customers to weigh in as well.

    An alternative may be to use the OS for the SFTP mechanism perhaps with a CLA2 invocation?