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Multifactor authentication is a two or more step user verification process. The goal of MFA is to create a layered defense, making it more difficult for an unauthorized person to access a target such as a physical location, computing device, network, application, or database.
Multifactor authentication asks users to provide personal information from several categories that prove their identity. These authentication categories are referred to colloquially as: something you know; something you have; and something you are. Each query area includes various security tests, such as:
Examples of Multi-Factor Authentication can include:
Something you know
Something you have
Something you are
The main benefit of MFA is it will enhance your organization's security by requiring your users to identify themselves by more than a username and password. While important, usernames and passwords are vulnerable to brute force attacks. Enforcing the use of an MFA factor like a thumbprint means increased confidence that your organization will stay safe from cyber criminals.