For decades, Gartner has recommended the use of multifactor authentication (MFA) to protect important information and user accounts. Organizations are now embracing MFA as a strategic enterprise initiative for two reasons:
The need for MFA has never been more acute, particularly as organizations migrate to hybrid/multicloud topologies for SaaS, IaaS and platform as a service — as well as collaboration tools like Exchange Online.
Today’s MFA technology delivers accelerated value due to SaaS-based MFA platforms — as well as mobile push and Fast IDentity Online (FIDO)-style USB hardware authenticators.
It is imperative that organizations take a holistic, strategic approach to their enterprisewide MFA initiatives. MFA still requires some forethought, but technological advances like mobile push authentication and a SaaS management model make it much easier to deploy at scale.