Digital transformation is moving more of the modern workforce into digital workspaces where organizations can deliver any app on any device—including personal devices—and more easily manage the growing number of apps and devices the workforce relies on today. The key to maximizing the effectiveness of these access-anywhere workspaces is making sure they are as secure as they are convenient. And that’s where multi-factor authentication comes in.
Add Multi-Factor Authentication to Get the Identity Assurance You Need
If a user already presents a set of credentials (usernames and passwords) to access applications and other resources in a digital workspace, then why do you need multi-factor authentication? Credentials-based access works as long as the credentials the user presents actually belong to that user. There’s always the risk the password has been stolen—and it’s a significant risk when you consider 81% of hacking-related data breaches today are password-related.
With multi-factor authentication, users can provide assurance that they are who they say they are, using a variety of convenient authentication methods, such as biometrics, push notifications, one-time passcodes, and hardware and software tokens. You need a broad range of methods to ensure all users in your organization can authenticate no matter where they are or what the circumstances. For example, a method that’s ideal for mobile users may not be practical in a call center, where mobile devices aren’t used and a hardware token makes more sense. The authentication solution you choose should provide maximum flexibility to meet a range of digital workforce needs.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from RSA Blog authored by Tim Norris. Read the original post at: http://www.rsa.com/en-us/blog/2018-06/mfa-makes-digital-workspaces-more-secure.html