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All About Multi-factor Authentication

By Nextrio on October 06th, 2014 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

459434713Information security is a growing concern in today’s tech-laden business world as more and more information is shared across more and more mediums. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a form of robust security authentication that requires two or more independent criteria to be met before access is granted. The use of MFA can improve the management of confidential information within your business to ensure company information and customer records remain secure.

Credentials Required By MFA

There are three types of credentials that can be used during the multi-factor authentication process, and MFA requires a combination of at least two of these credentials to grant access. The first type of credential is a knowledge factor. This credential can be a password, PIN, or pattern such as a barcode. The second type of credential used in MFA is a possession factor. A possession factor works like a key—it may be a magnetic stripe card, smartcard, physical authentication token, or even a computer-simulated software-based token. The third type of credential that can be used through MFA is an inherence factor. This type of factor is typically a biometric security credential, such as a thumbprint, voiceprint, or eye scan.

Importance of MFA

Multi-factor authentication plays an important role in the safety and security of company and customer information. In the face of the many recent security breaches on social networks such as Twitter, it has become increasingly clear that private information can be extremely accessible to hackers. Simply requiring a password to log in to your business network or access private information may not be enough to keep this information out of the hands of those who might misuse it. By requiring multiple and separate credentials, MFA decreases the chances of a security breach, keeping your information safer. This will provide peace of mind not only for you and your employees, but for your clients as well.

Are you looking for a more secure data management solution tailored to your industry’s needs? At Nextrio, we provide general and industry-based IT services, based on your needs. You can reach us by phone at (520) 519-6301 or via our web contact form.