Deploying MFA, Essential Steps in Identity Security

ImageWare is proud to participate in the first ever ‘Identity Management Day', an annual awareness event that will take place on the second Tuesday in April each year. The inaugural Identity Management Day is April 13, 2021. Presented by the Identity Defined Security Alliance in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Identity Management Day aims to inform about the dangers of casually or improperly managing and securing digital identities by raising awareness, sharing best practices, and leveraging the support of vendors in the identity security space.

ImageWare is proud to participate in the first ever ‘Identity Management Day,’ an annual awareness event that will take place on the second Tuesday in April each year. The inaugural Identity Management Day is April 13, 2021. Presented by the Identity Defined Security Alliance in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Identity Management Day aims to inform about the dangers of casually or improperly managing and securing digital identities by raising awareness, sharing best practices, and leveraging the support of vendors in the identity security space. 

The Problem with Passwords

Organizations know that passwords aren’t secure, and that users can’t be relied on to create complex, unique passwords for every business system or software they access. Most organizations, however, are unaware that 91% of people know that using the same password for multiple systems is a cybersecurity risk, yet 75% of them do it anyway. Solely relying on passwords to secure access needs to stop immediately, no compromises.

What is Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is an authentication method that requires the user to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a resource such as an application, online account, or a VPN. MFA delivers greater user assurance because it authenticates a user against their own unique characteristics rather than just a device, which may not even be under the user’s control; making MFA a core component of a strong identity and access management policy.

The Three Main Types of MFA Authentication

MFA is categorized as having two or more of the following methods:

  • Something you know (knowledge), such as a PIN or password
  • Something you have (possession), such as a smartphone, computer or badge
  • Something you are (inheritance), biometrics, such as fingerprint, voice recognition or more

How Should Your Organization Deploy MFA?

When assessing MFA, the solution must have these key attributes:

  • Easy to deploy
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to manage
  • Protects user identities

The easiest way to get started, is to start with adding Admin accounts and then plan for wider adoption.

For more information, download our complimentary guide.

 

 

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