Time and time again we see data breaches resulting from compromised credentials. Authentication is a huge issue and we need something that goes beyond passwords.

“Two factor authentication – while it’s not a cure-all – is certainly a step in the right direction,” said Matt Corney, CTO of Nuspire Networks.

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Two factor authentication is the process of marrying up something that you know – your user ID and password – with something that you have, like a digital certificate or a soft token, to ensure that you are really you.

The “something that you have” part can come in various forms of strength. Something as simple as a text message – although that is only so strong as that message could be intercepted or your phone stolen. Another option is a traditional key fob where a button is pressed and a unique key is provided.

“The big thing when it comes to deployment is go beyond – don’t think about two factor authentication as just key fobs – think about all the opportunities that we have via the smart phone and an app for our tokens or SMS or even certificates to get beyond that key fob concern and the requirements of having to maintain a physical device that may exist out there,” said Corney.

For more information about sandboxing and how to better protect your network, view Nuspire’s webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDgNqt_xpVs.

 

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