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Aug 2017 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US42965617

The Death of 2FA and the Birth of Modern Authentication

Author: Frank Dickson
Research Vice President, Security Products


This IDC Perspective provides insights into modern authentication compared with multifactor authentication (MFA) and two-factor authentication (2FA) for strong authentication. Modern authentication has the following primary attributes:

  • A modern user experience
  • Authentication appropriate to the risk mitigated
  • Solution
  • Invisible authentication whenever possible

"The definitions for 2FA or MFA were born in a different 'day' and based upon technology and approaches that are 20 years old," according to Frank Dickson, research director, Security Products. "However, technology has changed. Connectivity has been dramatically improved. Mobility and cloud have dramatically increased the number of use cases for authentication. So our definition of and expectations for authentication also need to change. Technology buyers are strongly encouraged to look beyond the MFA standard for authentication — instead, consider a modern authentication approach."


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