adaptive multi-factor authentication

A password and login are no longer enough. Smart companies are now using multi-factor authentication (MFA), to keep their users and data safe. Okta’s Adaptive MFA goes a step further by selecting factors based on a comprehensive risk assessment, giving employees and customers seamless access to the tools they need while keeping their data secure.

What Is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?

MFA stands for multi-factor authentication, an identity verification method. MFA adds an extra layer of security on top of credentials like usernames and passwords. By doing so, it provides greater certainty that a user is who they claim to be before granting them access to an application, online account, or corporate network. MFA is a critical…

What Is Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)? 

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a form of multi-factor authentication (MFA), and is also known as two-step authentication or two-step verification. 2FA is a security measure that requires end-users to verify their identities through two types of identifiers to gain access to an application, system, or network. Think of your most recent login…

What Is a Data Breach?

A data breach happens when cybercriminals gain unauthorized access to a system or network, allowing them to search for sensitive data pertaining to a business and its customers, and using it to extract some form of illegal value. Attackers might sell this data on the dark web, directly engage in fraud, hold the information for ransom, or use it to…

How to Boost User Retention with Risk-Based Authentication

Today consumer-facing service providers have a stark choice—to offer robust security or an easy user experience. But for many organizations, missing the mark on either of these elements can seriously damage their user engagement and retention rates—and by extension, their bottom line. To address this, we have now made Risk-Based Authentication…

Microservices vs. SOA—What’s the Difference?

There are a number of things that help make an application what it is—the most fundamental of which is the architecture it’s based on. To date, most technology has been built on monolithic architecture, with all components existing within one complex application. More recently, however, developers have started compartmentalizing each component or…

Don’t Get Pwned: Stop Identity Hacks With Multi-Factor Authentication

“Have I been pwned?” It’s a question you’ve probably asked yourself before. Phishing and stolen credentials are still among the primary threat methods in breaches, and as hackers grow more sophisticated, employees and consumers have to get smarter about the credentials they use to access digital applications. On the flip side, companies also have…

3 Ways to Stop Account Takeovers Before They Begin

To put it bluntly, 2018 was a bad year for data security. Major consumer-facing corporations like Marriott and Facebook experienced some of the largest data breaches in history, exposing the data of millions of consumers. In total, 2018 saw an overall increase in compromised company records of 133% YoY, with an average of 291 records stolen every…

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