Multi-factor Authentication Combines Enterprise Security With Ease Of Use

Multi-factor authentication is the process of identifying online users by examining two or more claims presented by the user, each of which belongs to a different factor category. Factor categories include knowledge (what you know), ownership (what you have), and uniqueness (who you are).
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What is multi-factor authentication?

Authentication in the world of data security is a way to prove that you are and can take many forms.

  • What you know (password or PIN)
  • What you have (RSA token or smart card)
  • What you are (fingerprint scanner or retinal scanner)

Multifactor authentication can be enabled at the device and at the software / application level. We recommend enabling multi-factor authentication at least for all employees’ computer connections and for all programs containing sensitive data (such as accounting software, business applications that include customer data, and e-mail.

Multi-Factor Authentication Basics

Authentication Basics

Authentication is the process of a subject (e.g., user, device, group, service, etc.) proving ownership of a particular identity.

  • Identity
  • Authentication
  • Access Control Token
  • Authorization