Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is a security feature you need to consider in pursuit of better digital security. Some websites, apps and devices provide it to increase digital security. MFA achieves this by requiring two or more forms of authentication to grant access.
At Assertiv, we are identity and access management experts. We’re passionate about identity, security and technology. In this article, we explain what multi-factor authentication is and how it can help your business.
What is Multi-factor Authentication?
Having MFA enabled, like with an Assertiv account, means that upon logging in with your credentials you will be asked for a second form of authentication to be granted access. Just like going into the bank to open a new account and having to provide a form of photo ID to prove you are who you say you are.
Multi-factor Authentication is a vital part of effective identity and access management.
Digital security breaches and cyber-attacks on organizations are on the rise. Because of this, organizations can’t rely on password strength as the sole layer of protection for their networks and intellectual property. Whilst MFA is not bullet-proof, it is a tried and tested way to reduce your risk of a digital security breach due to a password that has been compromised.
When is Multi-factor Authentication Useful?
It is useful in both internal and external scenarios in which an extra layer of security against compromised login credentials is needed. It is particularly useful for identity and access management when networks and apps need accessing by staff remotely. As remote access happens offsite, it provides potential cyber-attackers with extra anonymity.
Our Assertiv platform comes with multi-factor authentication built-in. This provides organizations that make use of remote administration of cloud services with digital security assurance.
An added benefit of using MFA is that an unauthorised attempted account authentication results in the account holder receiving a request for a second form of authentication. They can then inform the IT department of suspicious activity so they can investigate, resolve and prevent.
How Assertiv’s Systems Use Multi-factor Authentication
There is a wide range of multifactor authentication methods out there. These can include, for example, token-based, biometric, SMS, and smart card-based authentication.
At Assertiv, we make use of token-based multi-factor authentication. We combine this reliable process with wide-ranging security measures to enhance your organization’s digital security, protecting your bottom line and your reputation.
Token authentication requires the account holder to obtain and provide a computer-generated code. They need this as well as their credentials, to gain access. An example of software that caters for this, and is popular amongst our customers, is Google Authenticator.
When combined with other digital security practices, token-based authentication has the power to deter even the most sophisticated of hackers. This form of multi-factor authentication is considered exceptionally effective and secure.
Implementing multifactor authentication is key in preventing digital security breaches. It provides businesses with peace of mind that their sensitive data is secure. Without it, your organization lacks that extra layer of protection. This results in opening yourself up to digital security risks and compromised operations.
If you need help levelling up your business’s digital security, contact us. Our expert team is here to help you. Or, see what we’re all about by registering for your free Assertiv account.