Next-Gen Adaptive MFA Transforming Institutional Security

By Anjli Jain on 14 Feb 2018

Higher education institutions record a vast number of information pertaining to the students and faculty starting from their social security numbers to their financial records. Looking at all the inadequacies of passwords, it has become imperative for institutions to focus on building a strong layer of authentication processes, step-up their security and not fall prey to malware and cyber-attacks.

But it is not that easy in fact, the defensive methods which worked before do not work any longer. Cyber-threats have become more sophisticated and calculative today, targeting organizations and institutions in random ways which may not get captured for many days. The most important reason to increase the layers of security is to make sure that your data does not get stolen or tarnished.

There are many ways to ensure this doesn’t happen. The most effective way is by ensuring the identity of the user when they try to login to a system or an application, assessing their normal behavior and protocols they follow while trying to access to an application.

Next-Gen Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication

Technology and digital transformation come with its own set of risks as everything revolves around data security. The impact of losing the client or customer data does not only hit the organization but also the individuals whose information has been exposed due to cyber-theft. It is important to make sure that the data is kept confidential and away from cyber-attacks.

Funded by EVC Ventures, QuickLaunch an Identity and Access Management platform serves many higher education institutions and enterprises offering them services such as single sign-on, identity manager, password manager and adaptive multi-factor authentication. All these products provide a certain level of security to the institutions as it integrates with the active directory to authenticate individual roles for specific applications, such as the apps accessed by the faculty would be different from the one students need to access.

QuickLaunch Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication provides users the flexibility to access the resource and apps from anywhere at any given time in a secured manner. It has been specially made to fit the needs of higher education institutions with many capabilities and benefits like:

- Diverse Detection Criteria: QuickLaunch Multi-Factor Authentication promotes diverse detection criteria triggering authentication based on a user’s geographical location, network, device, browser etc. At any given point in time an unknown access is made, the MFA stops the authentication securing the account data.

- Role-Based Authentication: Every user needs to access different resources and apps to complete their work. For students, it includes student information system, LMS and ERP systems. With QuickLaunch Adaptive MFA, the users can establish role-based authentication through several modes such as SMS, email, mobile app.

- Challenge Questions: Institutions can set challenge questions for the users to verify and ensure that the right person logs in as a second set of authentications.

- Fingerprint Authentication: Institutions can also configure fingerprint recognition for individuals using touch-enabled devices for authentication.

The Bottom Line Is

There are many factors which play an important role to maintain the security environment an institution. Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication looks at all of them separately to provide an institution with the most flexible security platform and keep the threats at bay by increasing additional trust and a much-needed layer of security.

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