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Multi-Factor
Authentication (MFA)

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an advanced level of authentication with two or more levels of security factors. Ensuring the correct identity has access to your sensitive information.

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Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)





What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an authentication method that requires the user to provide two or more verification factors, such as a username, password, and additional security measure, to gain access to a resource. MFA is a core component of a strong identity and access management (IAM) policy and decreases the likelihood of a successful cyber attack.





Why is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) important?


Reduces Security Risk


Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) helps in reducing security breaches and keeping the data more secure. Without MFA, weak or stolen credentials can be used to commit fraud or violate privacy. Using MFA as an additional password protection measure can help keep hackers out of your system. You can avoid 99.9% of account assaults by using MFA!

Ease of Use


Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) aim is to develop a multi-layered defense system that makes it more difficult for an unauthorised individual to access a target, such as a physical location, computing device, network, or database. MFA is easy to use and provides offline access for users who don't have internet access.

MFA Security


MultiFactor Authentication Workflow

How do MFA works?


When a user attempts to access a resource, they are presented with multiple authentication factors. A core identity provider (IdP) or directory services platform verifies the user's credentials. If the user's credentials are valid, they are granted access to the resource.

MFA systems generate a unique one-time passcode (OTP) for each login attempt. miniOrange also offers a more current and secure form of MFA called "push notification." This is delivered to your registered smartphone, which you must approve to access your account. You can also use a hardware token (like a Yubikey) or a soft token to access critical services.



MFA Authentication Factors


Knowledge Factor (something you know)

Knowledge factors include multiple passwords, PIN codes, and answers to security questions. Anything you can remember, type, say, do, execute, or otherwise recall when needed is considered a knowledge element.


Possession Factor (something you have)

This element suggests that you possess a particular object since it is improbable that a hacker would acquire your password and take anything physical. This category includes smart cards, mobile phones, physical tokens, key fobs, and keychains.


Inherence Factor (something you are)

This feature is often verified by a fingerprint test on a phone, but it also includes anything that may be a wholly unique identification of your physical body, such as a retinal test, voice or facial recognition, or any other sort of biometrics.

MFA Authentication Factors


Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) methods supported by miniOrange




SMS & Phone Callback

Authenticator Apps

miniOrange Authenticator

Email Verification

Hardware Token

Security Questions

WebAuthn

SMS & Phone Callback

Receive a text on your mobile with the information required to validate yourself for the second factor.


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MFA Method - SMS OTP and Phone OTP

Authenticator Apps

Receive a time based OTP token (TOTP) by an external authentication app such as Google, Microsoft and Authy authenticator.


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Google, Microsoft Authenticator based MFA

miniOrange Authenticator

Use the miniOrange authenticator to login in the form of a soft token, push notification or QR code.


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miniOrange Authenticator for MFA Security

Email Verification

MFA using login links and password keys on your registered email address.


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MFA Method - Email Links & Password

Hardware Token

Use a physical USB token on your computer, which generates the required information to gain access.


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Additional security of Hardware Tokens

Security Questions

Answer a few knowledge based security questions which are only known to you to authenticate yourself.


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Security Questions MFA method

WebAuthn

An authentication method that uses built-in authentication methods like laptop password or pin, mobile, Windows Hello, Biometrics (FaceID/fingerprint), and Hardware Tokens.


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MFA Method - Security Questions

Benefits of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Enhanced security

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of security, reducing the chances of an attacker gaining access to the system.

Increased productivity and flexibility

Employees may securely access business apps and resources from practically any device and location, without jeopardising the company's network.

Fraud Prevention

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) adds an additional degree of protection by ensuring that everyone is who they say they are, preventing unwanted access.

Improved user trust

When employing Multi Factor Authentication (MFA), users may secure the protection of their personal information without exerting additional effort.

Reduced management cost

You'll observe less suspicious behaviour on client accounts if you use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), and you'll spend less money on security management as a result.

Adaptability for different use cases

Additional security is required when processing high-value transactions or accessing sensitive information from unknown networks and devices, such as geolocation, IP address, and time since the last login.

The Future of Workplace Security - Adaptive / Risk-based Authentication

Adaptive Authentication provides an extra edge to MFA security based on risk and access provided by the security admin to control user access.
Adaptive Authentication (also known as Risk-based Authentication ) detects fraudulent attempts based on predetermined risk criteria and prompts customers to complete an additional authentication step to confirm their identities.


Risk-Based  Authentication (RBA)


Frequently Asked Questions.


What's the Difference between MFA and Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)?

MFA and 2FA are almost similar and often used interchangeably. 2FA is basically a subset of MFA since as the name suggests 2FA restricts the number of authentication factors to two, while MFA can be two or more.

Can I enable MFA for Office 365?

Yes with miniOrange you can easily integrate MFA authentication on Office 365 and other apps with 15+ MFA methods options at competitive pricing. Office 365 by default uses Azure AD as its authentication system but with certain limitations. Azure MFA methods are limited to the basic 4 methods: Microsoft Authenticator, SMS, Voice, and Oauth Token. Licensing policy is also complex which leads you to spend more.




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