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Setting Up Two-Factor Authentication Within the Enterprise

With new cyber attack stories making headlines regularly, there has never been a better time to prepare and secure your organization. Setting up two-factor authentication is a simple yet preventative measure that could save your data and ultimately, your business.

Authentication is all about verifying end-user identity. A username and password combination just isn’t strong enough to keep your data safe. A username can be easily found and a password can be easily stolen. Enter two-factor authentication.

“Along with the encryption of sensitive information, and its decryption only for authorized users, authentication is a key component of the backbone of any IT security strategy,” according to TechTarget.

Your IT team should ensure that they are utilizing two-factor authentication methods to keep your organization safe. Here are some things your IT team should be aware of:

  1. Make your police a flexible one

Have your IT administrators tell whoever provides your cloud-based services that they want a two-factor authentication feature to be included. Not all vendors will offer it, so ensure that your policy is flexible so it can be added.

  1. Do your research

You’ll want to ensure that your identity management tools support two-factor authentication solutions as well. You can start by making sure it’s a line item in your request for proposals for vendors.

  1. Test it out

“In many cases, SMS messages sent to a device have replaced hardware tokens, but it’s also possible to implement the functionality of the hardware token as an app on a mobile device,” TechTarget reported.

Therefore, it’s vital to have your IT team perform functional verification and detailed alpha and beta tests.

  1. It goes both ways

A user and the system providing access to that user should both be subject to two-factor authentication.

  1. Educate developers

If you have developers on your staff, ensure that they are two-factor authentication methods in mobile operating systems.

“The involvement of the mobile OS element is ultimately the critical gating item here,” according to TechTarget.

Two-factor authentication often helps prevent malware attacks, as long as it’s integrated properly.

“Sure, OSes have been known to have security flaws, and end-to-end verification of security solutions is always required, including management consoles and directory services. But it’s clear that OS vendors have gotten the memo, with production OS-based two-factor authentication capabilities in all popular OSes today,” TechTarget reported. “It’s time for end-user organizations everywhere to demand that the apps and services they use integrate these capabilities.”

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