Multi Factor Authentication – Why You Shouldn’t Wait Anymore
How does two-factor authentication work?
Multi-Factor Authentication - The Loopholes It Addresses
- What the user uniquely knows – Also called the knowledge factor, this relies on a unique detail known only by the user, like a password.
- What the user uniquely possesses – This relies on something only the user has, like a security token, ID card or app that can validate the user.
- What the user has on his person – this factor is something that the user carries all the time with them. Also known as the inherence factor, the way to check this factor was using biometric means.
How To Proceed With Implementing MFA
1. Understand the applications you want to manage using MFA.
2. Which user authentication factors are critical?
3. How widely the solution’s been used.
- Adaptive MFA: This development in MFA uses contextual policies to approve users on the go. This means that user access is restrained when your users perform actions out of the defined context. An example would be when your users use a VPN to access your corporate applications, when they don’t need to.
- Push authentication: This utilizes an automated authentication which the user has to approve. But it removes the need for them remembering the specific factor. A push notification will pop up when the user tries to access an application. On performing the action required by the notification, they can gain access.
- Single Sign On: Single Sign On requires the user to have only one set of user credentials for all applications. The device used by the user validates the user’s identity, and passes this on to all applications. A relatively new form of MFA, SSO simplifies the need to remember different factors.
MFA is becoming a critical part of an organization’s security policy. As the world moves into a hybrid form of working, it is necessary to take the right measures to maintain corporate integrity. If you’re interested to know more, sign up on the form below and someone from our team will get in touch!
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