Multi-factor authentication (MFA) software helps organizations to improve their overall level of security by requiring each user to prove their identity before they can access sensitive information, accounts and applications. This helps protect against hackers having unauthorized access to sensitive company data and information.
Multi-factor authentication software typically means that users need more than simply a user name and password to access accounts, but instead users are normally required to have at least a text message code or email confirmation to access accounts. The most secure MFA solutions typically require users to have three factors to prove identity, including something they know (a password) something they have (a notification sent to a trusted device, such as a smartphone) and something unique to them (such as a fingerprint or face scan). The best MFA solutions will combine these factors using a combination of biometric and contextual features that increases security while ensuring that the log-in process remains as smooth as possible. The best solutions should also be easy to manage, and easy to deploy across an organization at scale.
It’s vital that businesses have a strong MFA solution in place, particularly as organizations are moving towards having multiple cloud based SaaS accounts that have access to much of an organizations sensitive data. It’s vital that these accounts are secured with stringent security measures in place
Vendors in this category all provide businesses with ways to enforce MFA, such as requiring SMS messages, biometric verification, or email confirmations before users can have access to accounts. They also prompt users to verify their identity when they log into accounts and allow for MFA for new users and new device’s.