Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an authentication method that requires a user to provide at least two pieces of identification to gain access to a resource. MFA can be used to log in to any application, online account, or a VPN. If one of the factors is compromised by a hacker or unauthorized user, the chances of another factor being compromised are low. Rather than just asking for a username and password, MFA is based on one of three main types of additional information:
Many cloud-based systems offer their own MFA systems, including AWS and Microsoft’s Office 365. By default, Office 365 uses Azure Active Directory (AD) as its authentication system. With Azure AD multi-factor authentication, you don’t need to make any changes to your applications or services. To help simplify the onboarding process, users and groups can register for both a self-service password and Azure AD multi-factor authentication in one step. Administrators then have the ability to identify what forms of secondary verification will be used. Additional forms of verification can be used with Azure AD, such as the Microsoft Authenticator App, OATH Hardware Token, SMS, and Voice Call.
Security requirements and expectations at your organization is a crucial part of any MFA implementation. The primary benefit of using multi-factor authentication is its ability to minimize the risk of cyber attacks and identity theft. The more factors in place, the better.
Many business owners think that having multiple factors of authentication makes the login process more complicated for employees and customers. However, the added security provided by MFA allows companies to use more advanced login options like single sign-on.
Aside from data encryption, many federal and state governments have made it mandatory for businesses to implement MFA for certain situations. This is especially important if you have employees who work with personally identifiable information (PII), Social Security, or financial details.
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