Two-factor authentication (2FA) solutions are a vital and foundational part of any identity and access management program. However, cyber attackers are increasingly bypassing 2FA methods, leaving organizations to find other ways to stay one step ahead in preventing unauthorized access.
Adaptive or risk-based authentication provides organizations with multiple additional layers of security that better evaluate users attempting access. Adaptive authentication can even provide a better user experience by not requiring users to take additional steps unless there is a risk present.
Supplementing two-factor authentication
Adaptive authentication enhances the security of the most commonly-circumvented 2FA methods, including one-time passcodes, push-to-accept, and knowledge-based authentication. It also identifies other potential risks such as phone number porting fraud.
Risk-based or adaptive authentication is a key approach for separating legitimate users from attackers. Evaluating the device, location, IP address, and behavior against policy, provides better visibility into those who are trying to gain access. If little to no risk is found, users are not required to take an additional multi-factor step. The SecureAuth® Identity Platform performs more risk checks than any other vendor, ensuring a positive user experience with world-class identity security.