As stories of data breaches caused by exploited credentials continue to make headlines, it is clear that basic password protection mechanisms are no longer good enough. Organizations require an additional layer of protection that is also easy to use and doesn’t impose an additional burden on administrators.
Multi-factor authentication, also referred to as two-factor authentication, has become a popular method for strengthening security since it requires a user to authenticate in two ways prior to accessing a system, an application or its data. These factors can include something they know (user id, password, PIN), something they have (email account, smart phone, token device) or something they are (fingerprint, iris scan).
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- Add an authentication layer beyond memorized or written passwords
- Meet audit and regulatory requirements and recommendations in PCI DSS 3.2, HIPAA, Swift Alliance Access and other regulations
- Invoke rules-based multi-factor authentication only for users or specific situations that require it
- Lower the risk of unauthorized access to systems, applications and data
- Reduce the risk of data theft and its costs and consequences
- Audit multi-factor authentication failures from an existing SIEM server