MFA Brings Additional Security to the Cloud
By: Frank J. Ohlhorst
Cyber criminals are constantly on the lookout for new ways to gather information about their victims. Nowhere is this more evident than the rising number of attacks against web applications, where cyber criminals turn to all sorts technologies to break into accounts and steal personal information. Those attacks are only bound to increase as more and more people turn to the web as their primary source of applications, making it critical to better secure those applications.
Unfortunately, end users tend to have very little control over web applications, meaning that they must rely on the purveyors of those applications to institute better cyber security. Those very same purveyors are under enormous pressure to improve security and prevent breaches from damaging customer relationships or creating other problems, such as compliance violations or loss of intellectual property.
For the providers of web applications, bowing to that pressure does not necessarily have to be a costly endeavor or require re-engineering an application. Simply put, there are ways to improve application security, without having to break the bank or reinvent the whole security paradigm. Incorporating MFA into a web application may prove to be the simplest way to bring additional security into the picture.
MFA (or 2FA) solutions involves incorporating an extra layer of security into a user session by requiring that users provide more than one piece of information for identification. MFA typically requires a combination of something the user knows (such as pins, passwords, secret questions) and something the user possess (such as cards, hardware tokens, phone). Currently, 2FA is the most common type of MFA.
There are several ways to integrate 2FA into web applications, and some of those methodologies may require recoding applications, adding directory services support, or other complex processes that can be time consuming. However, some MFA providers, such as AuthAnvil, offer another alternative approaches to incorporate MFA into an application that prove to be more straightforward and quick to accomplish.
Take for example AuthAnvil’s Universal Director Integration, which enables seamless integration with the AuthAnvil security platform and services like Active Directory. Universal Director allows enterprises to sync Active Directory with a cloud-based platform, bringing forth the standard security challenges and adding an extra layer in the form of MFA. What’s more, the company also offers an expansive library of integrations, bringing plug and play simplicity to the incorporation of MFA into any web application.
Ultimately, the best approach to introducing MFA into an application suite proves to be the quickest and simplest. Application purveyors that can avoid re-coding or re-developing applications can save significant time and money by choosing predefined integrations to quickly bring an added layer of security to any application.