On the plus side, Multi-Factor Authentication does come with powerful pros that make its implementation worthwhile when weighed against the potential drawbacks. First and foremost, MFA adds an additional layer of security that is more difficult to workaround. With each added authentication factor, there is built-in compensation for the potential weaknesses of other authentication factors. For example, just because a username and password database is breached doesn’t mean that hackers have direct access to accounts and sensitive data.
Additionally, the use of physical tokens in the workplace make life simpler for employees while also providing that added layer of security. Hardware tokens such as a USB stick (think Google’s Titan Key) can be used in the MFA process. A user simply inserts the USB token into a laptop or desktop during login and they are immediately verified as a valid user.
Avatara’s CompleteCloud system offers a superior MFA solution to protect against security risks. Users can connect to the business network from remote locations and not worry about falling victim to cyber theft. Avatara MFA is actually part of a seven-layer cybersecurity program that uses strong authentication solutions to ensure that network access is controlled and limited only to authorized personnel. For example, Avatara MFA uses back-end monitoring functions that can detect when a laptop isn’t in a specific geographic location (such as a building). In this case, an alert via phone call, SMS code, or email is sent to confirm that the individual logging in through that device is authorized to do so.
Remember that MFA is not required outside of certain industries. However, protecting sensitive data is not only a prerogative that is important to the daily operations of a business, but also to its continuity of operations. Security breaches benefit no one, and MFA can help.