Multi-factor authentication requires a user to add additional verification beyond a username and password to access a resource such as an application or online account. MFA increases the strength of your company’s security and decreases the likelihood of a successful cyberattack.
There are hundreds of MFA methods, but most are based on three types of additional information:
- Knowledge – things you know such as passwords, PINS, and security questions (e.g., the name of the street where you grew up).
- Possession – such as an ID badge or smartphone.
- Inherence (who you are) – this almost entirely encompasses biometric factors like fingerprints or voice recognition.
With MFA, multiple credentials are required, which makes it more challenging for criminals to access sensitive information. MFA can protect you against the following scenarios:
- Phishing – attempts to steal data through deceptive email messages that look legitimate but contain malicious links.
- Credential stuffing – automatic injection of stolen username and password pairs (credentials) into login pages.
- Brute force attacks – when hackers use trial and error to guess login info and passwords.
- Keylogger attacks – a type of spyware that records keystrokes made by a user.
If the security of your systems and information is important to you, contact us today.