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Why Should Organizations Switch to Multi-Factor Authentication?

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Multifactor AuthenticationIT administrators need to make sure that every new update affects the access to critical programs in the least possible way because a streamlined authentication process can keep productivity high.

FREMONT, CA: In recent times, most of the IT managers believe that IT needs to serve as in-house brokers for on-demand services to help in business growth. It is because the plate of the IT manager is already over-loaded with heaps of priority work. Additionally, to keep the network up and to run, as well as fulfilling the requests from departments within the organization, they have to strategically think about sustaining the business growth with security functions as a priority.

In reality, if the multi-factor authentication (MFA) is not placed appropriately, other security measures can be avoided. For IT managers, one of the best practices will be the categorization of the systems to recognize the ones having access to business-critical data, and later add MFA to those.

MFA is uncomplicated, which makes it a convenient addition, without exceeding the budget. IT complexity is considered to be a real and standard-issue, where each alteration comes with the potential to begin a chain reaction of adjustments, and finally end up irritating the users.

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Developments in remote access can allow more employees to work out of their station, from any place. It is the responsibility of the IT department to facilitate them with all the abilities that are required to work from a remote location. It suggests that the authentication strategy needs to be comfortable as well as safe to access the business applications at any point, from anywhere.

By leveraging MFA, administrators will be able to adapt the support required for using contextual data, like the login behavior patterns, geo-location, and type of login system that is being accessed. Such a method will let the user login from a trusted location where he/she had logged in previously, without prompting a one-time password for authentication. It will allow the end-users to have the required security clubbed with greater ease to use while functioning off-premise.

MFA can minimize the fastest-growing crime, which is identity theft, and protect the user credentials from being used in Web application attacks. It successfully brings down the number of breaches with anti-virus systems and advanced firewalls. Additionally, it makes the employees accustomed to authenticating themselves in personal lives, as providers of online services, which are mobile-based tools adopted to verify the users while accessing the system effectively.

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