Multifactor and Two Factor Authentication

What is meant by Adaptive Multi factor Authentication?

Multifactor authentication is an authentication method in which a computer user is granted access only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence (known as factors) to an authentication mechanism: knowledge (something the user and only the user knows), possession (something the user and only the user has) such as sending a passcode through to a registered phone number as part of the account access.

Multi-factor authentication greatly reduces the risks associated with lost VPN login credentials, but existing MFA solutions are often too complex or inconvenient for users. Cisco Duo Security has solved this challenge for more than 12,000 global customers with authentication solutions for businesses of every size.

2FA is not just for accessing applications, or sharing access to network assets and files. It is also used now increasingly used on when migrating core telephony infrastructures into the cloud. Find out more about the benefits of 2FA and encryption using Cisco Webex Calling by Nowcomm

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Do you really need multi factor authentication methods?

In short – yes. Online usage is prolific, and the range of sites accessed and frequency is increasing all the time. Blocking access and managing access rights for these would be a laborious task for any security administrator and IT team.

The rise in use of personal devices in the office and remotely is putting organisational networks at risk of cyberattacks, ransomware attacks and more. Multi-factor authentication should be used whenever possible because it immediately neutralizes the risks associated with compromised passwords. A surprising volume of end users rely on the same password again and again across all personal and corporate and organisational websites.

Repeating passwords is common as people are human and not machines and cannot generate and recall passwords easily. Recovery details are often the same in case passwords are forgotten, and this makes life very easy for hackers. This also poses legitimate threats to the corporate network hence the need for password generator tools such as 1Password, as well as additional devices as means of authentication. By adding an additional layer of security to protect highly sensitive personal information.

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Multi-Factor Authentication solutions from Nowcomm - Did You Know?

80% of security breaches involve compromised passwords?

MFA is the foundation for zero trust. Duo verifies that your users are who they say they are, before they access your data — and with multiple second-factor options, including one-touch Duo Push, users can easily authenticate in seconds. Find out more about Cisco DUO (hyperlink for DUO page to be created).

What is 2 factor authentication?

The password alone is your single factor of authentication. The second factor makes your account more secure. Two-factor authentication, or 2FA as its commonly abbreviated, adds an extra step to your basic log-in procedure. Without 2FA, just a username and password is required, which can be a security risk especially as more families are sharing devices following more remote working and flexible working policies being introduced.

Using Cisco DUO, entering a username and password to access an enterprise desktop, would also need a unique passcode or token as well to access OneDrive files on the enterprise network. This will verify credentials on the network and ensure access for the right individual only. Find out more about

Here are a few frequently asked questions about Two Factor Authentication:

Is 2FA Secure?

As with all solutions, the security level depends on the solution you are using. The visibility at a network level, the manageability and control as well as the usability. These are all important factors when it comes to 2FA adoption in your organisation. Without adoption there is no security.

Two-factor authentication is widely considered a best practice when it comes to keeping your online accounts secure, and adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts by requiring a six-digit number after you’ve entered the correct password for your account. Originally, two-factor codes were delivered primarily via text message, however that is now proven problematic especially since Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had his account hacked in August 2019.

What does a Cisco Duo security token look like?

As a Cisco Gold Partner, Nowcomm is also an advanced security specialized partner and recommends Cisco DUO as a leading 2FA, easy to use and manage solution for all your users. We fully believe in making sure all the people security solutions you deploy are as easy to use and add accounts to as possible. Only then will you realise the success of all your technology and security policies.

Below shows the digital token that will expire and refresh at a given time limit. This requires users of the network to input this code to gain access.

How do I enable two-factor authentication for social media accounts without a 2FA solution?

As part of your end point security policy, and driving engagement with your people, it is good practice when allowing employees to BYOD and access your network via their smart phone or own personal devices, to have 2FA in place across all their applications on that device. This helps employees engage with security, making it relevant via apps they rely on every day and how they would feel if these got hacked. It is a good step forward as part of your ongoing ‘people security’ and employee cybersecurity education and training program.

On different social media accounts, there are different ways to set up the 2FA.

LinkedIn for example offer SMS authentication only and you need to enable this by:-

  1. Going into your “account and settings”
  2. Click privacy and settings
  3. Under privacy controls click ‘manage security settings’
  4. When in security settings slide the two-factor verification to ‘turn on’ See image below.

If you already have two-factor authentication set up on your account and use an authenticator app, it’s a good idea to disable text message codes. This will prevent the possibility of someone gaining access to your account via SIM swapping.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Visit the Account section of your account on Twitter.com.
  2. With the Account tab selected, click on Security.
  3. Next, click on Two-factor authentication.
  4. Remove the checkmark in the box next to Text message, and accept the change if prompted.

Which other apps on my phone will use 2FA?

Apple, Google and Facebook also offer 2FA as added layers of security. Even Fortnite has 2FA.

Users need to remember that the layer of security is there as an extra layer of protection from potential misuse and embarrassment professionally, as well as personally. It may be a slight inconvenience, but it is far less than the headaches of dealing with someone who has entry to your personal and professional accounts.

What is single-factor authentication?

This is just like when logging into your network laptop: when you must enter only your username and one password, that is considered a single-factor authentication. Something you know, such as a personal identification number (PIN), password or a pattern is another way to access your device and applications, such as an iPhone using your finger print, face recognition, signature or an Android mobile phone doodle.