Preparing for Two Factor Authentication

By: Scott Jarvis

When dealing with security types such as two factor authentication, those in charge of company finances regularly cut corners in an effort to get preeminent protection at a fraction of its cost.? In almost any circumstance where this is the case, the consequences of such actions are costly and can end up being detrimental to a business.? When preparing for implementation of such technologies, business owners or those who write the check should be prepared to go all the way or should consider not going at all.

Those business who are prepared to take their online and in office security to the next level will often spend a large number of hours in researching the different parties that offers two factor authentication services.? Once a service and provider have been chosen the company and it’s IT department need only the patience and knowledge to implement such a thing.? In many instances, those organizations who provide such things will also make available, consulting and implementation services in the event that an IT staff requires assistance.? These additional services can be invaluable if you have a small but eager staff or an inexperienced one.

Going into such a project one should be aware that there are many forms of two factor authentication yet not all businesses need more than one type while others may require additional services or equipment.? Things like RSA Tokens can help protect sensitive data and the servers on which it resides while biometrics can be used keep those without permissions out of private or areas in which they do not belong.? There are also various types of security such as SSL VPN Authentication which makes using certain websites safer for both the business and the consumer.

It is ignorant to believe that simple usernames and passwords are enough to protect a customer.? This is especially true when dealing with websites that allow financial transactions.? All to often identity and data theft occur when a website or its parent company require little more than a password.? SSL VPN Authentication requires a user to enter more than a simple password and offers online protection that is indispensable.

This is perhaps the reasoning behind the high adoption rate that two factor authentication has experienced as of late.? As the threat of theft grows so does the weariness of not only major corporations but smaller businesses as well and this is reflected by the realization that two factor authentication will provide the best protection that money can buy.? All that remains now is for smaller and independent businesses to begin adopting the technology which will further help cement this type of security and make it mainstream.? Are you on board?

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