This IDC study provides senior technology leaders with a multifaceted approach to multifactor authentication. Multifactor authentication provides organizations with an effective security control that overcomes the weaknesses of knowledge-based authentication and protects network, application, and data assets in an increasingly sophisticated threat environment. By combining passwords with physical devices and/or biometric measurements, organizations add a layer of strong security and protect themselves against password theft.
"Multifactor authentication is a time-tested approach that has now come of age," says Mike Chapple, adjunct analyst with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "Organizations recognize that they face an increasing threat from the compromise of password-based credentials; knowledge-based authentication simply doesn't provide an adequate level of protection against those threats. Push-based authentication using smartphones is both simple for end users and cost-effective for the organization."
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