Multi-factor authentication is a strong enabler of digital strategies, with more companies willing to deploy a remote workforce today, more customers choosing to buy online rather than in stores, and more organizations shifting apps and other services to the cloud.

FREMONT, CA: The use of multiple factors to validate the identity of someone seeking access to an application, website, or other resource is known as Multi-Factor Authentication. The distinction between entering a password to gain entry and entering a password plus a One-Time Password (OTP) or a password plus the answer to a security question is multi-factor authentication.

Cyber Security: Looking Beyond the Networks and FirewallsMulti-factor authentication ensures that individuals are who they say they are by asking them to validate their identity in several ways, lowering the possibility of unauthorized access to sensitive data. After all, entering a stolen password to gain access is one thing; entering a stolen password and then being asked to enter an OTP that was texted to the legitimate user's smartphone is quite another. Multi-factor authentication is defined as any combination of two or more factors. Two-factor authentication is a term that refers to the use of only two factors.

Multi-Factor Authentication's Advantages

Enhancing Security: Security is strengthened by multi-factor authentication. After all, when a point of access is protected by only one method, such as a password, a bad actor only needs to guess or steal the password to gain access. However, requiring a second (or even a third) factor of authentication makes it even more challenging to gain access, mainly if the requirement is for anything more difficult to guess or steal, such as a biometric function.

Enabling Digital Initiatives: Multi-factor authentication is a strong enabler of digital strategies, with more companies willing to deploy a remote workforce today, more customers choosing to buy online rather than in stores, and more organizations shifting apps and other services to the cloud. In the digital age, securing organizational and e-commerce tools is difficult, and multi-factor authentication can help keep online interactions and transactions safe. Be assured that multi-factor authentication will continue to evolve and advance in the search for ways for people to show they are who they claim they are in a reliable and non-disruptive manner.

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