Placing Less Demand on Passwords Allow Companies to Gain Stronger Online Security
Over the last few years, many companies have announced that they will be adding two-factor authentication methods for logging into their servers. There is something to be said for companies that are placing less demand on creating strong passwords, to gain a better security advantage. Downgrading the worth of standard credentials in lieu of SSO (single sign-on) credentials and two-factor authentication can make a dramatic impact on increasing the security level of the company’s website, or server.
Single-Factor vs. Two-Factor Authentication
Single-factor authentication protocol is typically based on “something you know” which is usually a username with an associated password. Alternatively, two-factor authentication is based on the username/password information of “something you know”, along with an additional “something you have”, like a software token. Another example of two-factor authentication can be “something you are”, such as a scanner that reads a fingerprint or iris, or a computer software program that recognizes specific individualized movements like typing, walking, smiling or other features. It can also be facial recognition that reads and measures the distance between the eyes in relationship to the tip of the nose or other identifying individual characteristics.
An Easy Solution
Most solutions for two-factor authentication are very cost-effective. By utilizing identity access management tools many companies can easily deploy changes to logging onto the Internet or into the company server. There are numerous plug-and-play 2FA solutions that allow online users to gain quick access to confidential data that is required to perform their jobs more efficiently. Some of these solutions include:
- OTP Tokens – Often referred to as hardware tokens, the OTP tokens offer an one-time password (OTP) that regenerates at the click of a button.
- Smart Cards – Smartcards typically hold specific identifying information on a magnetic card or microprocessor chip.
- USB Tokens – By plugging in a USB token into a desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet device, the tool will provide an immediate method of two-factor authentication to grant the user instant access to the server or online account.
- Biometric Authentication Technology – The technology based on biometric authentication has rapidly changed. Not long ago, companies utilized a basic biometric authentication technology like an iris scan or fingerprint scan. Now, companies incorporate facial recognition scans, or use software programs to analyze typing patterns, facial movement patterns and other identifying features that are unique to every individual.
- Building Swipe Access Cards – Two-factor authentication technology can be incorporated into an existing buildings swipe access card. Employees can swipe their cards to gain access into a building structure. They can also swipe the same cards on their desktop, laptop or mobile device to gain instant access to critical, confidential information stored on the server or online account to perform their jobs.
- Proximity Cards – Some companies incorporate other additional information on proximity cards that are currently utilized for photo ID. These cards have a built-in reader element that can be read when positioned approximately 2 inches away from a proximity reader to gain access into a building, room or an online server.
Many companies incorporate higher security levels by minimizing the demand of username/password combinations and instead implement two-factor authentication. This additional layer of security increases the protection of the company’s most critical, confidential information.