The Power and Pitfalls of Multifactor Authentication: How to Safeguard your Business
By David Plutner, Manager and Thomas J. DeMayo, Partner
The authentication systems we use every day for services, such as Netflix, Apple TV, Microsoft Office365 and IT devices, historically utilized only a username and password as a method of validating who you are. Over time, the use of a password alone proved ineffective, predominantly because of poor practices by the creator and owner of the password. To date, many of the breaches we read about on a daily basis are the result of passwords being weak and/or the use of a single password across multiple services. The greatest weakness of a password by itself is that once obtained, no other mechanism exists to stop its usage.