Two Factor Authentication Adds a Second Layer of Protection to Electronic Data and Resources

Two factor authentication is a specific type of authentication process used by businesses of all sizes to add a second layer of protection to their electronic data and resources. This kind of authentication is also used with online connections, including internet, intranet, extranet, and Wi-Fi. Unlike traditional access methods, users must have a digital certificate issued to them to use during authentication. Without this certificate, their credentials are unable to be authenticated, so access is denied. In order to gain access, the user is first prompted to supply the correct digital certificate containing encrypted information. This information is used to verify they are able to access to the select resource, file, data or connection. Once confirmed, the user is then prompted to enter in their user name and password. Further, some organizations may also incorporate the use of challenge questions as a third measure that must be answered before access is granted.

Use Two Factor Authentication with Remote Employees

Many organizations have remote sales and service forces working in the field that need to connect to network servers and other corporate information. One issue which needs to be addressed is where the digital certificates used for two factor authentication should be stored. By installing it directly onto their laptop, there is still a risk someone else could attempt to gain access to corporate resources in the event they also knew the employee’s user name and password. A viable alternative to reduce the likelihood of this occurring is to install the digital certificate onto a portable device, such as a USB jump drive. This way, your remote employees are able to keep their digital certificate safe from unauthorized usage.