Securing Your Data Bases Beyond Multifactor Authentication

Securing Your Data Bases Beyond Multifactor Authentication

How can you secure your databases beyond multifactor authentication?

Multifactor authentication represents one of the most critical capabilities enterprises can deploy in their identity management. The more factors that occur at the initial login stage, the more secure your databases remain. These factors don’t even require direct interference with the login process; many of them are passive, evaluating location, time, and number of attempts to determine authenticity. 

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However, multifactor authentication is not a perfect solution. No cybersecurity capability or tool can boast 100 percent effectiveness. While amateur hackers may be deflected or deterred by multifactor authentication, more experienced or prepared hackers can still breakthrough. Without taking extra steps in your identity management, you might still end up vulnerable.  

So how can you go beyond multifactor authentication to secure your databases? 

  • Keep a tight leash on your most sensitive databases. Never allow sensitive data in a public database or cloud. Further, don’t allow users to upload such data without the proper permissions. For databases in your network, encrypt them as much as possible.
  • Ensure sensitive data remains in the network, or if it must leave the network, through secure traffic tools like virtual private networks. 
  • Use “step-up” authentication as the sensitivity of the access requests escalate. More sensitive databases should require further authentication processes, including token-based or biometric. 
  • Utilize continuous authentication to catch hackers. Hackers can fake credentials, but they can’t fake behaviors they’ve never seen before. Tools like behavioral biometrics evaluate whether a user’s typing behaviors and patterns match their baselines and will freeze suspicious accounts for investigation. 

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Ben Canner

Ben Canner is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He previously worked as a corporate blogger and ghost writer. You can reach him via Twitter and LinkedIn.
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