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End users want speed, stability and consistency in their login methods
By: Steve Watts
Dec. 31, 2015 12:15 PM
It's a given that employee access to corporate systems should be both as secure and simple as possible. However, time-strapped CIOs under pressure from demanding staff and challenged with authenticating users all over the world on multiple devices, have been torn between relying on the fatally flawed password or hard token two-factor authentication (2FA) approach to keep their systems secure. As a result, adaptive authentication has gained popularity as it reduces the time it takes to login by verifying a user based on their location.
End users want speed, stability and consistency in their login methods. If a user attempts to verify their identity using adaptive authentication in a non trusted location, they will be asked to use the full 2FA process. This requires entering a code generated on a soft or hard token depending on the technology used. If the user is using this approach less than once a week, they are likely to run into complications - forgetting the process or even their hard token.
Adaptive authentication works by granting users access using just their user name and password if they are in a trusted location. Although this in theory process makes it easier for a user to authenticate their identity, there are a number of issues with this technology, which many may not realise. There are three ways of achieving adaptive authentication, and it's important for CIOs to consider the differences.
Overall, NFC provides a solution that's even quicker than entering a simple user name and password. The CIO is then safe in the knowledge that their end points are covered, and the user is happy authenticating their way.
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