Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is an authentication method that requires the user to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a resource such as an application, online account, or a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
MFA is a core component of a strong Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy. Rather than just asking for a username and password, MFA requires one or more additional verification factors, which decreases the likelihood of a successful cyber attack. It protects against phishing and password brute-force attacks and prevents logins from attackers exploiting weak or stolen credentials.
Prior to applying MFA to the UA Little Rock network, IT Services would routinely detect up to 10 compromised accounts per day which in turn would force a password change on those accounts. However, within a few days following the implementation of MFA on the campus network, the number of compromised accounts dropped to zero!
The results are solid evidence that by adding more layers of security through MFA, the university benefits from a solution that secures data from unauthorized access and protects resources.