Cloud-Based MFA Is Ready for Prime Time

Published: 28 November 2017 ID: G00344673

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MFA provides strong mitigation against account takeover. This document provides guidance on cloud-based MFA services. Its intended audience is technical professionals focused on identity and security.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Commonly Supported Use Cases
      • VPN Access
      • Access to On-Premises Web Applications
      • Identity Federation and Web SSO
      • RADIUS- and LDAP-Based Authentication
      • Remote Desktop
      • Privileged Access
      • Workstation and Network Login
    • Identity Assurance
    • User Experience
    • Adaptive Access
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Guidance
    • Adopt MFA for All Higher-Assurance Use Cases
    • Give Preference to Cloud MFA Services
    • Embrace OOB MFA Modes
    • Give Preference to Mobile Push
    • Adopt Risk-Appropriate Identity Proofing as a Requisite Step in User Enrollment for MFA Credentials
    • Take Advantage of Risk-Based Analytics and Adaptive Authentication Techniques
  • The Details
    • Forms and Factors
    • Mobile Push Security
    • Architecture and Integration Patterns
    • Third-Party MFA
    • Representative Services
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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