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Multifactor Authentication

What is Multifactor Authentication?

Multifactor authentication (MFA) is an access security application that verifies a user’s identity at sign-in by adding two or more steps. It combines something you know, such as a password, with something you have. The something you have in this case could be any number of things, from a security token, a phone number, a particular cell phone, etc. In this way, a malicious actor could have your password, but without access to the second factor, it is useless. Multifactor authentication is a key line of defense against cybersecurity attacks. 

Multifactor Authentication protects: 

  • Cloud, hybrid cloud and on-premise environments 
  • IT infrastructure and software as a service (SaaS) applications 
  • Remote access and VPN clients 


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, if a password is stolen or compromised, a lack of MFA for critical applications opens your organization up to increased risk.  

Yes, authentication methods can be used when users are not on the premises.  

In addition to a password, a users’ phone, mobile device or hardware token are common authentication factors. Some organizations also leverage biometric authentication, such as a fingerprint. 

MFA decreases the risk of unauthorized access by protecting against stolen credentials, phishing attacks and password breaches.  

Modern MFA solutions are user friendly and convenient, allowing users to authenticate quickly and easily.  

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