Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) – 2021

Duo for Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)

  • At SI for remote access, we use an app called Duo, it works with your smartphone (iOS or Android).

How Multi-factor Authentication Works

  • Multi-factor Authentication works under one of the three different methods either something you know (a knowledge factor), something you have (possession factor) and something you are (inherence factor).

Something you know

  • This authentication method is information that a user must provide to log in, the most common being usernames, passwords, PINs, and answering secret questions. A simple way of understanding of how this provides authentication is that the answer is something that only you and you alone should know, therefore verifying your identity.

Something you have

  • This authentication method refers to anything a user must have in their possession in order to log in. Such examples are a smartphone, security token, key fob, employee ID card, and a one- time password (OTP).

Something you are

  • By far the hardest to crack and strongest of the authentication methods something you are is any biological traits that can be used to confirm the user and allow a log in. Biometric authentication is the most commonly used form, and includes methods such as, iris scans, fingerprint scans, retina scans, facial recognition, and voice recognition.