OneLogin is Bringing Multifactor Authentication To The Forefront of Security Concerns

OneLogin is an innovator in the identity management space and offers many software tools to help make multifactor authentication as fast and secure as possible for businesses.  OneLogin MFA solutions protect sensitive corporate data and help businesses save money due to less data loss.

What is multifactor authentication technology?

Multifactor authentication, or MFA, is a type of technology which better enables the verification of an account holder’s identity.  MFA is thought to be a more secure alternative to single-factor authentication methods that only require entering a username and password to access an account.  Single-factor authentication is highly insecure as anyone who has the username and password can access the account from anywhere.

With MFA, after a user enters their username and password, they are then asked to provide additional information to verify their identity.  This information can be in the form of a passcode or security questions that the user created when they started their account.  There may be two steps, such as entering a username and password (the first step) and then entering a verification step (the second step).

An example of multifactor authentication is two-step verification.  Two-step verification is a type of multifactor authentication which requires that a user who enters their username and password to log into to a website also enter a code sent to their email address or sent to their phone via text message.

An example of a commonly used MFA method popular on many major websites today – including not only websites requiring high security such as finance and retail but also social media — is two-step verification.  In two-step verification, after a user enters their login credentials, a short string of letters and/or numbers is sent to the account owner’s cell phone number via text message (SMS).  The code can also be sent to the users’ email address.  The user must then input this code, obtained from either text message or email, in order to gain access to the website.

The purpose of this process of two-step verification is to ascertain that the account credentials being supplied are indeed being provided by the person who owns the user account.  These days, usernames and passwords alone represent a single authentication method.  Single authentication is a weak security method as anyone who has both an account username and password can log in and gain unauthorized access to data.  The additional layer of security enabled by two-step verification seeks to verify that the person supplying the login credentials is, indeed, the profile’s owner.

OneLogin Software Solutions Make Implementing MFA Easy and Efficient

OneLogin’s MFA technology ensures that the data will be secured while also ensuring that it can be accessed conveniently.

OneLogin’s MFA services can be used with the OneLogin portal as a way to protect data from unauthorized access.  OneLogin MFA can work with both cloud and on-premise (“on-prem”) web-based applications.  OneLogin offers a variety of services to help businesses implement MFA easily and efficiently.

Multifactorial authentication within the OneLogin portal: OneLogin users and/or system administrators have the option to opt in to MFA from the OneLogin portal.  Using OneLogin Single Sign On, individuals can access a suite of applications and switch between them easily and seamlessly by entering a single username and password.

OneLogin MFA is typically used in conjunction with the applications in the OneLogin portal and is ideal for companies which have many users of their applications because it reduces the risk of unauthorized entrance to the data system.

OneLogin Protect: OneLogin Protect is an app that displays multifactorial authentication access requests on one’s smartphone in order to request access.  Instead of waiting to receive a text message and then typing in a complicated PIN, users can simply click “Accept” in order to log in.  If the login attempt is unauthorized, the user can simply click “Deny.”  Users can use OneLogin Protect on their smartphone or smartwatch as well.

OneLogin Protect is available for both iOS and Android devices.

OneLogin One Time Password (OTP): The OLP app was built for use with OneLogin and enables easy multi-factor authentication.  The benefit of this app is that it reduces the time spent completing the second factor verification step, which can help boost employee productivity while preserving a high level of data security.  Instead of entering a code sent to one’s smartphone, users of the OneLogin OTP app simply press a button to authenticate their login attempts and sign them in automatically.

The OTP App is available both for iOS and Android devices.

OneLogin Adaptive Authentication: The downside of MFA is that it is slower than single-factor authentication.  While entering a username and password can take less than a minute, completing a second or even third verification step can take up employees’ time and diminish productivity.  OneLogin Adaptive Authentication is a “smart” multi-factor authentication tool that takes into account your typical computer use patterns, only asking for a second factor as verification when necessary.

Adaptive Authentication “learns” your login patterns based on your location and devices, and assigns a risk score from 1 to 100 to each time someone logs into your account.  For low-risk logins – for example, a login on a device that you normally use – the software eventually automatically logs you in without asking for a second factor, such as a passcode texted to your phone.

OneLogin Adaptive Authentication is great for users who tire of retrieving their cell phone to enter the passcode provided to them to be able to access their accounts.  Two-step verification can get tiring, especially with repeated logins, and that’s where Adaptive Authentication comes in.  With OneLogin Adaptive Authentication, the software assesses the security risk so that users can perform less steps and have an easier time accessing applications and other data.  Adaptive authentication can help companies secure their data in a way that is convenient for their employees.

OneLogin MFA can save money for businesses by curbing expensive identity theft and data breaches.

Identity theft is a growing problem, and has become more lucrative for hackers in recent years.  In most cyberattacks, hackers gain access to a system or network by taking advantage of weak passwords or obtaining a list of passwords.  Even large identity theft and credit monitoring companies such as LifeLock and Equifax fell prey to identity theft in the past few years.  Password theft has become easier as hackers adapt and improve their techniques to capture or steal passwords.  Furthermore, a username and password is all that is needed to gain entry to most websites, although in real life people regularly have to show many different forms of identification such as when making a deposit at the bank or drinking alcohol at a bar.

Indeed, the ease with which login credentials can be stolen or otherwise hacked suggests that a trend towards MFA is necessary to curb this alarming trend in cybersecurity.  Data breaches are not only harmful to a company’s reputation and, of course, bad for data security, but also very expensive.  A study by Inc. indicates that businesses lose $400 billion to hackers each year.  Overall, data breaches are very harmful to a company’s bottom line, reputation, and even day-to-day operations.

OneLogin MFA technologies can help companies save money by instituting smart multifactorial authentication techniques that improve the security of sensitive corporate data.  This saves money and boosts data security in the long run.

Why is OneLogin Multifactor Authentication so essential for businesses?

Hacking is more prevalent than ever these days.  Simply knowing one’s username and password is sufficient for hacking and unauthorized access of sensitive corporate data.  A second verification step makes hacking much more difficult, and with a third verification step, hacking would likely become an insurmountable feat!

Without OneLogin MFA, anyone with knowledge of an account username and password can access data on any of the applications in the OneLogin portal.  This means that hackers who obtain lists of usernames and passwords could potentially access and steal crucial data.  OneLogin Multifactor Authentication is important because it adds an additional layer of security.  With OneLogin MFA, you know that the only person accessing the data is the person that should be.  Additional tools such as adaptive authentication offer “smart” methods of implementing multi-factorial authentication so that it is not an inconvenience for users.

What companies use OneLogin Multifactorial Authentication?

In August of 2017, the Fortune 100 aerospace company Airbus announced that it would deploy OneLogin’s cloud-based management solutions, including MFA, for all of its employees, partners, and customers.  Airbus is Europe’s number one aerospace company, designing, manufacturing, and selling civilian and military aerospace products throughout the world.  Airbus employed over 134,000 employees and generated revenues of over 80.35 billion Euro in 2016.  “With OneLogin, Airbus will be able to provide a more enjoyable user experience for employees, customers, and partners,” said Thomas Pedersen, CTO and founder of OneLogin.

Many other successful companies already use OneLogin’s MFA methods, including Pinterest, Berklee College of Music, and Steelcase.


What makes OneLogin’s services stand out from those of other companies?

An innovator in the access management space, OneLogin is the only vendor that offers access management for both on-premise and cloud apps.  With innovative solutions to both institute multifactorial authentication to secure data and reduce the time spent by users on MFA access methods, OneLogin is a pioneer in the identity management arena.  OneLogin manages and secures the identities of millions around the world every day and offers convenient, practical solutions for data security.  With OneLogin MFA services, employees can work better and faster, accessing data and applications safely and securely whenever and wherever needed.

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