Two Factor Authentication: Protecting a Network

By: Scott Jarvis

In the ever changing world of online and network technologies Two Factor Authentication has played a large role in the reshaping of IT staffs and budgets.? Though it got off to a rocky and slow start, and was exposed as being “beatable”, Two Factor Authentication has proven time and time again that it is the best type of security for companies, their customers, and employees.? Most major businesses have employed such security measures and automated their networks to some degree which has improved the performance of their business applications to a large degree.? Why then are these same companies now finding themselves at a dead end with their networks?

It isn’t so much a dead end as it is the end of their automation.? Many companies have automated to a point where going any further with the process will cost to much and yield little to no improvement.? What many of these same companies are not yet aware of however is the fact that there is a next step.? This step involves consolidating servers and applications to help reduce IT costs across the board.? This is commonly known as data center consolidation.? When executed properly the process will reduce power consumption in your office and can eliminate unnecessary IT positions.? This allows IT managers to delegate more significant tasks to their teams raising productivity and reliability which in turn saves business owners a lot of money.

Simple data center automation though complicated and detailed can be accomplished in a short amount of time given a business has the budget and the willingness to begin the process.? In sharp contrast data center consolidation takes several years.? While you would be hard pressed to find a medium or small sized business that has consolidated several major corporations have already begun the process and regularly speak of this as a five plus year plan.? These companies also speak highly of the process and about how much money the process will be saving them.

Those organizations that are spending the time and money necessary for such processes have also recently spoken out about just how important it is to have some form of Two Factor Authentication in place both during and after this process.? This type of security ensures that their customers and their properties receive maximum protection against theft and malice.? It would be foolish to invest in such expensive developments without having some type of security like Two Factor Authentication in place.

Automating a network and protecting it are two of the most important things that anyone can do for his/her business.? Businesses that take the necessary steps to ensure that their customers receive fast reliable service and are well protected will likely outperform their counterparts whom choose not to take these steps.

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