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If you’ve found yourself prompted for a second form of authentication when you log into a website or an app, you’ve experienced the wonders of multi-factor authentication (MFA). Adding it to your arsenal of cybersecurity protections can vastly improve your chances of keeping cybercriminals from accessing personal data or taking control of your Chicagoland company’s systems.
Multi-factor security requires more than one form of identity verification from users. According to SearchSecurity, multi-factor authentication typically combines two or more of the following independent authentication factors, per Search Security and Security Boulevard:
Many implementations of multi-factor authentication are limited to two from the above list, which is why you may also see MFA referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA). Using more than one kind of credential to verify identity ensures the authentication process’s security even if one of the factors ends up compromised.
There are two different types of MFA, as noted by the website Security Boulevard:
MFA works the same for both device and application MFA. You receive a request to provide two or more forms of identification when you attempt to access a resource. A core identity provider (IdP) verifies the information given by the user. You are provided with entry once it confirms the validity of the credentials.
Per SearchSecurity, you can use the following technology to support MFA:
Anyone in IT support who’s ever had responsibility for managing user logins to company data sources understands the headaches that come with that role. Even the most robustly implemented password policy comes with limitations. Even the most complex passwords can become vulnerable if those credentials become compromised.
Enterprise Security Magazine notes that having MFA as a complement to your password policy can benefit your company in the following ways:
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