Why Enterprises Should Turn to Multi-Factor Authentication

Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, September 30, 2021

Adding a multi-layer of authenticating users' identities makes it difficult for cyber-attackers to access data.

FREMONT, CA: Passwords have been the vital form of authentication since the dawn of the internet. But, with an increasing amount of data breaches, malware, and other forms of cyberattacks, it has become nearly impossible to protect an online or mobile account with just a password. Here enters multifactor authentication. Here are some facts that illustrate why every enterprise should need two-factor authentication for cloud platforms.

The IT manager's plate is heaped with a mountain of priorities. Besides keeping the network up and running and fulfilling the several competing requests from departments across the organization, they should think strategically about supporting business growth while also keeping security top of mind. IT complexity is an ongoing issue. Each change to the network can set off a chain reaction of adjustments, which can irritate users and keep them offline. Since a multifactor authentication process keeps productivity high, IT administrators should ensure that each upgrade or addition affects access to vital programs as little as possible.

Using MFA, security professionals can adapt the help needed using contextual information, like login behavior patterns, geo-location, and type of login system being accessed. If the user is logging in from a trusted location where they have logged in before, they will not be prompted for a one-time passcode to authenticate. This enables end-users the required security with greater ease of use while working off-premise.

As cyber criminals morph their means of attack in ever-more clever and complex ways, admins must secure the network in a way that access remains easy. Multifactor authentication allows IT admins to rest a little easier, knowing that they have implemented a security strategy that guards the company's platforms and users alike, thus mitigating complexity while ensuring access and accelerating remote workers' flexibility.

Before enterprises begin on the technical side, remember that offering MFA across a business is a job for the organization, from the security team to business stakeholders to IT departments to HR and corporate communications and beyond, because it has to help all the business applications, systems, networks and processes without impacting workflow.

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