The cybersecurity landscape is rapidly changing. In the present COVID-19 pandemic scenario, most of the organizations worldwide are forced to allow employees to work from home. Also, there has been a significant upsurge in instances of hacking, which are at an all-time high. Given such circumstances, it is essential that the crucial role of multi-factor authentication (MFA) security solutions for organizations is reexamined.
When most organizations first adopted MFA technology, the technology landscape was entirely different. Only one or two prominent technology vendors were there, and they sold costly hardware-based solutions that were difficult to use. We have hundreds of suppliers today that sell flexible and user-friendly MFA security solutions that run as mobile apps and also in many other convenient formats.
The Changing Technology Landscape
Many companies are still deploying implementations of MFA security solutions designed around the limitations of previous years, rather than the flexibility of today. The old technology is used by these outdated MFA techniques to secure remote access for staff and highly sensitive information. In order to maximize performance while keeping costs in check, they intended to keep the MFA footprint as low as possible.
The technology environment has also seen drastic changes over time. Businesses have invested tremendous time and energy, securing remote access technologies in the past since their protection frameworks were designed around the notion of bringing all protected resources within a defined little geographical boundary. They either had to go through a number of physical security measures to access the facilities or use multi-factor authentication (MFA) for remote connection if individuals needed to access some of these services.
Today, due to the fact that both users and data have become more mobile, this model no longer exists. As we transition to cloud-based computing models, we have shifted our assets across the world, expanding, at the same time, our MFA use across geographies.
In order to gain greater value for their enterprises, organizations have discovered many ways to leverage their MFA investments. Let’s discuss the following approaches that can help you gain from this experience and refine your implementation of adaptive multi-factor authentication (MFA).
1. Ensuring That All Critical Business Applications are Secured
It’s time for a relook if you haven’t reviewed your list of important MFA-protected tools. In your list, there might be several new tools that can be protected by applying MFA.
2. Protecting Productivity and Collaboration Tools
Our email and chat facilities contain some of our most confidential communications. Usually, these are also very easy to secure with MFA as they are only provided by a few major providers of collaboration resources and are supported by all MFA vendors.
3. Automating Password Resets
Password reset requests across companies worldwide absorb a large chunk of the IT support employees’ working hours. It’s difficult to determine the true identity of a remote caller, but the MFA will make it much smoother. Automating password resets with an integrated MFA retains security while reducing service costs.
4. Migrating Services to the Cloud
Many enterprises tend to retain some services on-site due to safety issues, but MFA will catalyze attempts to migrate them to the cloud. Identify services that you are comfortable migrating to the cloud with the added security control of MFA.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) offers a multitude of benefits. A fine-tuned strategic approach to the various advantages provided by MFA helps businesses achieve greater control and, at the same time, greater market value and a strategic edge. Companies need to reexamine their MFA deployments and make necessary adjustments that could give them a strategic safety advantage. For organizations, MFA remains a very efficient way to protect their data from hackers, thereby improving organizational efficiency.