Authentication SolutionsMany organisations are reluctant to expose sensitive resources to mobile and remote users. The risks and costs are regarded as too high. Therefore, it is critical to ensure that the identities of mobile and remote users are fully validated before allowing them to access privately owned and highly sensitive information.
Single-factor authentication, such as a username/password combination, is recognised as 'not sufficiently foolproof' to protect organisations or their customers. Security based on static, reusable passwords has proven easy for hackers to break into.
Multifactor authentication is based on something you know (a password or PIN) and something you have (an authenticator) — providing a much more reliable level of user authentication than reusable passwords. Without foolproof authentication, information may fall into the wrong hands.
Multifactor authentication can and should be used to protect:
- VPN and WLAN networks
- Microsoft® Windows® desktops
- Web servers
- Intranets and Extranets