Multi-Factor authentication or MFA is a process of verifying the credentials of a user attempting to connect to protected data. MFA is commonly described as something you have, as well as something you know. For example, a user has an email address and logs into their credit card information after receiving a text message with a code in order to proceed to the protected data. After receiving the authentication, users can rest assured, knowing they were the only user to receive this special code, confirming the security of the session.

Won’t this slow down my ability to quickly get the information I need?
No. MFA is easy to use and becomes a habit, just like any other security measure you have implemented into your security regime. The moment or two it takes to receive the authentication, can mean the difference between maintaining your company’s identity or letting it slip away by ignoring the challenges networks face in the age of criminal cyber activity.

With MFA enabled, hackers are less likely to be able to access both a user’s credentials and the resources the user is attempting to access. Two-factor authentication (2FA) or dual authentication, a subgroup of MFA indicating it takes two types of factors for identification purposes, is a common practice by which users produce two unique forms of credential confirmation. For example, a user may log into a banking website, possess a pin number AND a unique one-time passcode in order to access the information. This dual authentication allows for a unique-in-time-visitor-circumstance, allowing for peace of mind and corroboration that proper security measures are in place.

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