In today’s world, where digital transformation has become an indispensable part of society’s daily practices, access security is one of the basic elements that enable organizations to maintain sustainable workflows. The fact that organizations have hundreds of privileged accounts within their IT infrastructure makes it extremely important to properly control their access. Two-Factor Authentication is one of the ways to control access on privileged accounts and prevent these accounts from turning into internal and external threats.
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), which stands out as an important component of Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions, helps organizations in controlling transactions performed by privileged accounts. This method plays an important role in preventing data breaches that may occur as a result of lack of control. By preventing password sharing, 2FA secures access to areas where critical data stacks are kept, thanks to its advanced authentication features.
Defined as a form of account security, Two-Factor Authentication is used to increase the protection of accounts in the IT network. Adding a different dimension to traditional password methods, 2FA enables two different identity authentication forms to verify the access request made for the privileged account. Traditional forms of authentication involve only one of the following steps:
Two-Factor Authentication requires verification of at least two of the above-mentioned factors. For example, when you enter a password and confirm a prompt on your phone simultaneously, or enter a code that is sent to your e-mail address or mobile phone number after entering your password, it means that you are transacting on a network that uses Two-Factor Authentication. On the other hand, asking you to enter a password and security question at the same time is not considered within the scope of 2FA. Because according to the logic of 2FA, the combined use of different types of authentication comes to the fore.
You can also think of 2FA as a second layer of security to verify your identity. 2FA, where Software OTP, Hardware OTP, Location-Based Authentication, Time-Based OTP, RADIUS and REST API interfaces are placed around the One-time Password (OTP) feature, always stands by the organizations in authorized access verification.
Two-Factor Authentication system has a working principle that allows you to establish secure access management at every stage. The system forwards the privileged access permission requested from the target resources such as virtual servers, VPN gateways, databases and network devices to the authentication servers and then turns to secondary authentication factors.
There are also system administrators and network specialists in 2FA, which successfully controls access via e-mail, SMS, desktop applications, smartphones and location-based authentication. While the system administrator controls the secondary authentication factors, the network specialist plays a key role in the process of verifying the privileged access request with the help of direct access authorization to the target resources.
Two-Factor Authentication system, where the network specialist can observe the entire flow, works as follows:
Two-Factor Authentication is very important for organizations to have an advanced Privileged Access Management system. 2FA, which protects sensitive data owned by organizations by controlling privileged access requests and helps prevent data breaches, also makes it easier to keep up with the transformation of the business world.
Nowadays, when remote access methods come to the fore and many organizations have adopted the remote working model, 2FA enables organizations to take precautions against cyber attackers trying to infiltrate their IT infrastructures. Two-Factor Authentication, which also makes password management more secure, manages to provide end-to-end data security in the remote working model, where access control is more difficult.
It is possible to summarize the main benefits of Two-Factor Authentication method as follows:
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