Safe access is always essential

Two factor identification is the minimum an employee should have, to access IT resources

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Safe access is always essential Phil Allen from Dell Quest One says two factor identification is essential for enterprise.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 17, 2013

Two factor identification is the very minimum an employee should have to access their work applications or work station, according to Phil Allen, director, Identity and Access Management, EME, Dell Quest One Identity Solutions.

Two factors should combine traditional memorised data, like a username and password, and a physical device, such as a smart card, or a one time password token.

“When I refer to strong authentication I am referring to having at the very least two factors or two steps of identity verification. Typically this is something you have, combined with something you know,” said Allen.

With the advent of NFC, users can now use their own personal device as an authentication device, providing one time pin functionality. To improve security even further, enterprises can add biometrics and voice print, which would give three factor identification.

“We need to see the enterprise move away from simple one-factor authentication which is username and password,” said Allen.

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