MFA – The Key to Network Security
New government regulations require Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Cybersecurity consultants highly recommend MFA. Fortune 500 companies are now imposing MFA on their supplies. MFA is affordable when you understand all your available options.
MFA does not require implementing cumbersome certificates or an expensive PKI infrastructure. Access Smart offers an MFA solution that utilizes the same technology and methods used to secure cyber keys to now secure passwords, at a fraction of the cost, over-head and maintenance found with certificate-based systems. Instead of Rip ‘n’ Replace, you can now add MFA by leveraging your existing security infrastructure.
We are passionate about securing passwords with technology!
Passwords are not secured by silly tactics used to generate and remember them. Passwords are secured by using the same methods that secure encryption keys. Access Smart’s Power LogOn® uses the technologies and best practices that secure keys to now secure passwords, at a fraction of the time, cost and management of certificate based systems.
Power LogOn meets a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance standards, including FIPS 140-2, HIPAA, CJIS, NIST 800-63, NIST 800-171, and many others.
Power LogOn is added (like an app) to your existing cybersecurity infrastructure, providing a strong Multi-Factor Authentication and an Enterprise Password Management solution. No back end server modifications are required. It only takes a few hours to implement, has a low cost of ownership, and can be incorporated onto your existing employee badges! With up to 8 levels of assurance, Power LogOn ensures authentication, authorization and non-repudiation when logging onto computers, networks, servers, applications, clouds, and websites.
Who’s knocking on your virtual front door?
If you’re only implementing security behind the firewall, you’re too late! How does the network know they can trust the identity of the user and computer requesting access? Power LogOn starts when the computer is first turned on. Instead of the user typing in their logon credentials that someone can see, now they insert their card and type a PIN to authenticate they are the owner of the card. The computer and network then works off the card’s information and secrets (unknown to the user) to open the network door. The network now has a very high level of trust of both the user and computer.
It’s not a password problem. It’s a password management problem!
If encryption keys and biometrics were protected using the same methods used to protect passwords, then keys and biometrics would be easily hacked, and cause greater security damage than passwords. Changing certificates is expensive and cumbersome to do, and changing biometrics is painful at best. Password authentication (when properly executed) is secure. The way employees are allowed to (or forced to) manage passwords, is not. When employees are allowed to generate, remember, type, manage or even know their own passwords, then IT has effectively relinquished network security to the weakest link: their fellow employees!
Companies who still believe they don’t need a multi-factor authentication enterprise password management should think again! The 2017 SplashData List of the Worst Passwords employees commonly use still includes: “123456”, “password”, “12345”, “login”, “qwerty”, “letmein”, and “starwars”.
Businesses need to address cybersecurity issues with Multi-Factor Authentication and Enterprise Password Management:
- Secure and Protect Sensitive Data
- Lower Help Desk Costs
- Comply with Government Data Privacy Laws
- Combine Different Security Applications on a Single ID Card (Physical Access, Cyber Access, Time & Attendance, Vehicle Ignition, Payment, etc.)
- Implement Multi-Factor Authentication into Windows-based Computers, Applications and Networks
- Lower Cost of Ownership
- Allow Scalability
- Leverage Existing Security Infrastructure Investments
- Lower Time and Cost to Implement
- Provide Ease of Use for End Users
- Customize for Specific Environments
In today’s environment of increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks, businesses, government agencies, and institutions require proactive security solutions and convenience to protect their computer systems and data.
Power LogOn’s Multi-Factor Authentication and Enterprise Password Management adds an extra layer of cybersecurity: logical access for IT Administrators to safeguard computers, applications, websites, networks and clouds logons.
Even if employees already login to your network with a digital certificate, at some point, they are going to access a server, cloud, website or application that also requires a user name and password. How do they login to those? What if the IT Administrator centrally controlled and managed all those passwords, too? With Power LogOn, the IT Administrator can secure all the agency’s virtual front doors. When employees don’t manage passwords, social engineering attacks are eliminated because there’s nothing for them to tell. And password reset help desk calls are greatly reduced because there’s nothing for them to know.
Keyloggers, phishing emails and cloned sites are also no longer a threat because Power LogOn always checks the account’s URL prior to releasing any logon information. When passwords are secured with a smartcard chip, the user can go to any computer running Power LogOn, log onto any account and leave no logon information behind after the card is removed.
Implement long, unique, complex passwords that can change frequently, without user involvement
The user only has to double-click the site, application or network account they want to access. Power LogOn automatically launches the account and autofills the logon information.
Passwords are not stored on some third-party, shared server where one breach can effect multiple companies. The IT Administrator places and secures the passwords on their VPN.
Keep the cost of ownership low.
You can combine cyber access with physical access for a single employee ID badge solution.
Learn more about Power LogOn here.