What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?


Multi-factor authentication (or MFA) is a multi-layered protection framework that verifies the login or other transaction identities of users.

It requires the user to provide two or more verification

factors to gain access to a resource such as an application, online account, or a VPN.

Why is MFA Important?

The main benefit of Multi-factor authentication (or MFA) is it will enhance your organization’s

security by requiring your users to identify themselves by more than a username and password.

MFA reduces the risk of a security breach drastically, and sensitive data stays protected.

How Does an MFA work?

MFA, each additional factor is intended to increase the assurance that an entity involved

in some kind of communication or requesting access to a system is who – or what – it says it is.

The use of multiple forms of authentication can help make a hacker’s job more difficult.

What are the types of authentication?

1. Single-Factor/Primary Authentication
2. Two-Factor Authentication
3. Single Sign-On
4. Multi-Factor Authentication
5. Password Authentication Protocol
6. Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol
7. Extensible Authentication Protocol

Benefits of Multi-Factor Authentication

1. Provides more layers of security than 2FA.
2. Multi-factor authentication increases security with third parties It assures consumer identity.
3. Multi-factor authentication offers a variety of choices to meet your security needs
4. It meets regulatory compliances.
5. It comes with easy implementation.
6. It complies with Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions.
7. It adds next-level security, even remotely.
8. It is an effective cybersecurity solution.

How Does Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Work?

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) works by adding an additional layer of security to your online accounts.

It requires an additional login credential – beyond just the username and password – to gain account access,

and getting that second credential requires access to something that belongs to you.

Two-Factor vs. Multi-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor authentication, inputting your username and password, prior to granting access,

like mobile phone push-notification, SMS messages, and one-time passwords.

Multi-Factor Authentication Improve access control and go beyond 2FA

with an additional factor of authentication – biometric and/or contextual –

to verify a user’s identity prior to granting access.

So, This means that all 2FA is an MFA, but not all MFA is a 2FA.

Multi-Factor Authentication: MFA is always more secure than 2FA.


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