Multi Factor Authentication: Why Enterprises Need it in their Cybersecurity Approach?

More innovative authentication methods like biometrics have been on enterprises’ wish lists for many years, and biometric solutions are finally coming …

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Sunday, October 11, 2020

As cyber criminals morph their methods in clever and complex ways, enterprises must protect their network with multi-factor authentication methods.

FREMONT, CA: In today’s online environment, the fundamental security approach can be easily breached by cybercriminals. Many accounts are compromised in a matter of minutes, and private data is under increasing threat. Strong security relies on a variety of tools and practices. It is important not to depend on any single method for comprehensive protection. Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) adds a layer of security, supplementing the traditional model with other factors that the specific user can access. Read on to know more.

MFA has been regarded as a best-practice for improving the security of an enterprise’s technology environment and user accounts, assisting to protect data, applications, networks, and systems against unauthorized access, while bolstering enterprise-level defenses against cyber-attacks. This method is even more prevalent now amid the COVID-19 pandemic, where almost every company is working from home. It keeps bad actors out of the network to compromise financial or other proprietary data or initiate other network attacks.

It should be obvious that multi-factor authentication (MFA) helps with cybersecurity because it combines three or more authentication factors. More innovative authentication methods like biometrics have been on enterprises’ wish lists for many years, and biometric solutions are finally coming of age. Enterprises are also adopting behavioral biometrics, which tracks a user’s keystroke patterns, typing style, mouse speed, touchscreen gestures, and other factors. Any abnormal behavior is flagged and so that the security team can revoke remote access privileges.

Today’s IT leaders deal with pressures and demands from all sides, including the critical demand for top-notch security. As cyber criminals morph their methods in clever and complex ways, the security team must protect the network in a way where access remains easy. MFA enables security teams to rest a little easier, knowing that they have implemented a security strategy that safeguards the company’s platforms and users alike, thus lowering complexity while allowing access and boosting employees’ flexibility.