Secure IT: Multi-Factor Authentication

Online security is a serious issue for all consumers.High-profile, damaging data breaches are becoming more frequent and areimpacting businesses of all sizes across every industry. Hackers have made itso users must implement complex, unique passwords as a first line of defense.What can we do as digital users to better protect our data? Multi-factorauthentication is a data protection enhancement which adds an additionallayer of security.

What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Multi-factor authentication, asdefined by TechTarget, requires a user to provide more than one type ofcredential from independent categories in order to grant access. When at leasttwo credentials from different categories are required from a user, it is lesslikely that a hacker will successfully be able to access sensitive or privateinformation. These categories include something the user knows, something theuser has, and something the user is.

Knowledge Factors

Knowledge factors are pieces of information that a user mustprovide in order to log in. These factors include usernames, passwords, andPINs. Answers to security questions are also considered to be knowledgefactors.

Possession Factors

Possession factors are anything a user must have in theirpossession in order to log in. These items include a one-time password, accesscode, key fob, or employee ID card.

Inherence Factors

These are any biological characteristics a user hasidentified as a method for logging in. The most common inherence factors arefingerprints, facial recognition, voice recognition, and retina or iris scans.This type of authentication is unique to every individual and creates addedassurance that unauthorized users will not gain access to information theyshould not have access to.

Creating layers of security through multi-factorauthentication is an effective way to protect your data. The technology expertsat AJTC can help you keep your data safe. Contact AJTC today to learnmore about IT security and other services. You may also visit AJTC here or call 708.942.8200.

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