MFA Kept Businesses Safer “OneLogin” At a Time
What is MFA?
To start, MFA is an acronym for Multifactor Authentification. Multifactor authentification, while it sounds complex, is actually a very simple concept that any business owner can understand. For years, when a person wanted to log onto a website, a username and password were sufficient. For reasons that will be explained later in this article, that basic method of login is no longer secure enough for the highly digital marketplace that has evolved within the past two decades. MFA is the process of using an additional factor to prove that the person logging into an online account is who they say they are.
These factors may come in many different forms. For example, the user may get a code in a text message on their cell phone that must be entered to be granted access. Sometimes, the user will have to answer a phone call or answer additional security questions of which only they would know the answers.
This may seem excessive to someone that is not well versed in the technology involved. Let’s explore why this is matters and is becoming more important every year.
What Threats Exist?
MFA is used primarily as a method of increased security. In the past, if you wanted to send important and confidential information from one person to another, a letter in the postal service was sufficient. It would be incredibly difficult for someone to intercept the letter, open it, read its contents, reseal it, and send it to its original recipient without anyone ever noticing. However, with online services like e-mail, this exact process can be done from anywhere in the world in an instant. Neither the sender nor the recipient would ever realize that the valuable information in the message had been compromised.
Top secret formulas, designs, and instructions that make each company have their competitive advantage are now often stored on an internal server. These are instructions that need to be accessed often by employees of the company to make their product or provide their service. But what if someone could, from halfway around the world, hack their way into that server and steal that information? What if they stole instead the electronic payroll information for each employee? Their social security numbers? Their bank account numbers? The amount of sensitive and personal information stored online nowadays is staggering, and every piece of information poses a threat that can be stolen by an anonymous online infiltrator.
OneLogin is an industry leader in secure and safe online interactions. Since the trajectory of the online industries will not allow for regression back to an offline method of doing business, it’s essential that a solution protects against these numerous threats.
One service that OneLogin provides is an seamlessly integrated MFA system that will work with most computing systems that are already in place. Some MFA systems require the user to type in a lengthy and complicated code to login to their accounts. With OneLogin, the process has been simplified to simply pushing a notification on a smartphone that is readily available to the person logging in (and more importantly, to nobody else).
If this method of logging in is not satisfactory, OneLogin also offers methods for logging on that includes something called a Single Sign-On (SSO)portal. These SSOs allow for a single sign-on. The next time, a new temporary password is created that will only work for that sign-on experience. Because the password is always randomly generated and is in a constant state of flux, a potential hacker would be unable to use it for themselves. Each password works only once, similar to getting a brand new key every time a lock opens. The old keys then become useless to whoever finds them!
It is extremely important that online information is protected, but it is even more important that the information stored online is protected in a way that does not interfere with the business that is being conducted. A security system that is inaccessible, evn by the people that should have access, is as useless as having no security at all. OneLogin strikes this ideal balance between ease of use and secure functionality.