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Multi-factor authentication is the process of verifying identity using at least two independent factors including what a person knows/possesses. The following are common factors that are used in multi-factor authentication processes.

Passcode

A numeric password such as a personal identification number (PIN).

Password

A user created string of characters

Challenge/Response

Answers to challenge questions that may include obscure personal information

Magnetic Stripe Cards

Cards that contain data such as identification numbers written on magnetic storage media. May include other security features such as an employee ID card with a photo on the front.

Card Security Codes

Codes that are physically written on a card. Users are asked to input the code to show they are in possession of the card.

Smart Cards

Cards that have embedded computing capabilities that t ypically include authentication credentials such as public key certificates.

Security Tokens

Hardware such as a USB device or mobile phone that generate time-synchronized tokens based on a shared key with an authentication service. Such devices may directly interface with authentication services. ALternatively, they may displacy a time-synchonized one-time password for users to input.


Making the Case for MFA Weak passwords are a serious liability for your business. The average user has almost 100 online accounts, many of which have their own password requirements. Password fatigue is a real problem and it’s putting your business at risk. It takes just one weak or cracked password for a cyber criminal to access all your data and accounts.
How confident are you that every single employee is following password best practices?

• Roughly 250,000 passwords are stolen every day (1 )

• Only 1 in 5 users uses a unique password across all accounts (2) 

• 3% of people use the password 123456 (3)

The cost of a breach can be enough to put your company out of business. The average cost of a data breach is $148 per data record with sensitive information, which is $1.38 million when you consider the average data breach of 9.350 records. This doesn’t include indirect costs like a damaged company reputation, lost customer trust, and lost work time.

The good news is that you can easily reduce your cyber risk and get a high return on your security spend. It costs less than the price of your morning Starbucks to provide monthly MFA protection for each employee. Eliminate the #1 risk to your business with AuthPoint.

 

1 Reusing the same password - (Statista)

2 The Worst passwords of 2020

 


For example, let's assume that you've set up an MFA program on your laptop computer. In addition to signing in with your username and password, you could receive a push notification on your personal mobile device (like a cell phone or smartwatch) asking you to verify your login.

All you would have to do is click "accept" on your mobile device, and you've successfully logged into your extra-secure computer. It's that easy!


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Multi Factor Authentication (AuthPoint)

AuthPoint from WatchGuard delivers on the promise of MFA by limiting the business risk associated with poor passwords without compromising on ease of use for employees and IT staff alike.
Everything in a Cloud service – with no hardware to install and software to maintain…MFA is now considered core protection, and it comes from WatchGuard hassle-free.
Tom Ruffolo CEO, eSecurity Solutions.

 

"Multi-Factor Authentication WatchGuard AuthPoint® solution closes the password-driven security gap that leaves companies vulnerable to a breach. It provides multi-factor authentication on an easy-to-use Cloud platform. WatchGuard's unique approach adds “mobile phone DNA” as an identifying factor to ensure that only the correct individual is granted access to sensitive networks and Cloud applications."

MFA /That's Powerfully Easy 
Using stolen credentials to breach network resources is the #1 tactic that hackers use.* By requiring additional proof of identity beyond a simple password, multi-factor authentication is the single most important safeguard to protect your business.

WatchGuard’s unique multi-factor authentication (MFA) solution not only reduces network disruptions and data breaches arising from weak or stolen credentials, but is delivered entirely from the Cloud for easy set-up and management. Moreover, AuthPoint® goes beyond traditional 2-factor authentication (2FA) by incorporating innovative ways to identify users, such as with our Mobile Device DNA.

With WatchGuards large ecosystem of 3rd party integrations, this means that strong protection can be consistently deployed across the network, VPNs, Cloud applications – wherever it’s needed. Even non-technical users find the friendly AuthPoint mobile app easy and convenient to use. Ultimately, WatchGuard AuthPoint is the right solution at the right time to make MFA a reality for businesses who desperately need it to block attacks.

Effective MFA Protection with Mobile Device DNA
Multi-factor authentication requires users to supply information they know (username and password), and information provided on something they have, as well as other factors that can be associated to the specific individual. AuthPoint provides a highly secure MFA product using a push message, QR code, or one-time password (OTP); and our mobile device DNA matches the authorized user’s phone when granting access to systems and applications. Therefore, any attacker who clones a user’s device in an attempt to access a protected system would be blocked, since the device DNA would differ.


Easy-to-Use AuthPoint Mobile App WatchGuard’s AuthPoint app allows users to authenticate right from their own phone! No need to carry key fobs or thumb drives; instead install and activate the AuthPoint app in seconds, and then use it to authenticate from a smartphone. It enables speedy push-based authentication as well as offline authentication using QR codes with the phone’s camera. The app is available in 13 languages and downloads free of charge from the App Store and Google Play.

Broad Coverage with Web SSO Stop worrying about remembering countless complex passwords. AuthPoint’s secure single sign-on (SSO) makes logins quick and easy. In addition WatchGuard’s ecosystem includes dozens of 3rd party integrations with AuthPoint – allowing companies to require users to authenticate before accessing sensitive Cloud applications, VPNs and networks. AuthPoint supports the SAML standard, permitting users to log in once to access a full range of applications and services. In addition, the secure login feature provides online and offline authentication to Windows and Mac machines using the AuthPoint app.

A Low TCO Cloud-Based Service Companies with limited IT staff and security expertise benefit from MFA protection that’s easy to deploy and manage from the Cloud. AuthPoint runs on the WatchGuard Cloud platform and is available from wherever you are. There is no need to install software, schedule upgrades or manage patches. Moreover, the platform easily accommodates a single global account view or many independent accounts, so that distributed enterprises and managed service providers can display only the data relevant to a person’s role.


AuthPoint delivers on the promise of MFA by limiting the business risk associated with poor passwords without compromising on ease of use for employees and IT staff alike.
Everything in a Cloud service – with no hardware to install and software to maintain…MFA is now considered core protection, and it comes from WatchGuard hassle-free.
Tom Ruffolo CEO, eSecurity Solutions.

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