Challenges & Benefits of Building Multi-factor Authentication Solutions
by Remediant, on Sep 09, 2022
Multi-factor authentication is now considered table-stakes within cybersecurity but companies struggle to successfully adopt and deploy the technology. Here's why:
Cost and technical complexity are often cited as top reasons for deployment failure. With IT budgets and staff pulled in so many different directions, these are significant concerns. Multi-factor authentication schemes can break compatibility with older solutions, may be difficult to install and maintain, and often sap time and budget dollars from other pressing initiatives.
Another notable reason for deployment failure is a dismal user experience. In a multi-logon, multi-device world, users don’t want to be inconvenienced to enable and authenticate with multiple factors on all their devices. In the Enterprise, this is made even more difficult by the lack of native multi-factor authentication support in off-the-shelf applications (including Windows, the primary OS used in Enterprise environments). IT departments strive to offer adoptable and frictionless services to the business but they don't always hit the mark from an end-user perspective.
Typical multi-factor authentication solutions require that ALL users utilize the MFA technology… but what if there was a way for Enterprises to enable multi-factor authentication for just the most sensitive user accounts? This would minimize disruption to the end-user while protecting the organization's most prized assets—a win-win. When we look at recent hacks, there is one thing in common across all of them: abuse of administrator credentials in the attack chain.
It is not enough to simply enforce and enhance authentication with MFA. Organizations need also to protect access.
PAM+ is the future for protecting privileged access. Remediant PAM+™, an innovative, emerging concept in the privilege access space, makes the adoption of MFA simple and straightforward. At the same time, PAM+ approaches integrate Just-in-Time access to specific endpoints in real-time, for only the time needed to complete their task, after which access is de-commissioned.
Remediant's SecureONE can help on your PAM+ journey towards a more mature, forward-thinking approach. With Remediant’s SecureONE, you can quickly and easily enable multi-factor authentication for your highly privileged administrator accounts – all without making a single change to the user experience for the rest of your users. Audit findings, security standards adherence, and best practice adoption all drive IT security teams toward adopting multi-factor authentication. Now you can bring the power of multi-factor authentication to your Enterprise systems with a solution that can be implemented in minutes and protects your enterprise 24X7, 365 days a year.
Editor's note: This blog was originally published on Oct 16, 2018. It has been updated to reflect the new developments in the industry.