Authentication Grows Up

Which forms of multi-factor authentication (MFA) are working, which are not, and where industry watchers think the market is headed.

More people log into their devices and apps with smartphones at the ready, knowing a second-factor code will appear in the most common form of multi-factor authentication (MFA) as this security process increasingly becomes mainstream for consumers and businesses.

“I think that in the last couple of years end users started to broadly accept multi-factor authentication as necessary,” says Paul Rabinovich, research director at Gartner.

By now, many know a simple password is no longer enough, a point emphasized by a growing number of security breaches and employers aiming to avoid an incident. CISOs used to educate users on quality passwords; now they know the ideal passwords are too complex to remember.