NCP has been present at a number of industry events throughout the year, from it-sa in Nuremberg to SC Congress in New York to INTERFACE in Denver. While these gatherings offer great opportunities for reconnecting with our friends and partners, as well as reaching out to new clients, they also provide an invaluable time for taking the industry’s temperature, so to speak. And if there was one thing we found that was on nearly everyone’s minds this year, it was the growing need for two-factor (or multi-factor) authentication.
As data breaches caused by spear-phishing and social engineering tactics have become both increasingly more frequent and more damaging, multi-factor authentication emerges as a common sense solution for reducing the success rate of these cyberattacks. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as flicking a switch. Cybersecurity budgets may be increasing, but IT professionals are still struggling with the amount of resources they have, and are unsure about where to shift their priorities. How to implement multi-factor user authentication, or how to determine which VPN or defense-in-depth solution offers the best multi-layer fit for your organization, are all pain points for enterprises.
How It Works
That’s what gives NCP Secure Enterprise Management (SEM) such a leg up on the competition. Unlike other secure remote access VPN providers, NCP’s solution provides integrated multi-factor authentication safeguards to help give your organization greater peace of mind.
Protecting login information with just a username and password isn’t safe anymore; it’s all too easy for hackers to guess around these, especially when so many users have simple passwords to begin with. Two-factor or multi-factor authentication setups, instead, require the user to supply – in addition to their password – at least one other factor to prove their identity.
NCP’s SEM software delivers users a one-time password via SMS messaging, comprised of random numbers generated by the NCP Advanced Authentication Connector. This conveniently enables passwords to be accessed on a mobile device. These randomly generated passwords are then immediately canceled after use, thereby preventing hackers from co-opting them for their own ends.
The days of one-factor password security are over. Enterprises that want to get serious about their cybersecurity, and protect their assets from increasingly sophisticated hackers who have proven themselves to be more than adept at cracking passwords, need to begin investing into remote access solutions with multi-factor authentication capabilities.
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Want to learn more about two-factor authentication? Download our whitepaper “Two-Factor Authentication for VPN Access” to find out more.
In “Two-Factor Authentication for VPN Access,” we cover:
– The methods of authentication
– Common authentication combinations
– Criteria for balancing security and simplicity