Two-Factor Authentication Evaluation Guide

by | Sep 14, 2021 | Just in, Security

What to look for when assessing and comparing two-factor authentication solutions

Two-factor authentication is the simplest, most effective way to make sure users really are who they say they are. In this guide, you’ll get:

A comprehensive set of criteria to customize your evaluation to your organization’s needs


An overview of the hidden costs of a two‑factor solution and how to determine your return on investment (ROI)


What to look for to ensure your solution can protect against the risk of a data breach


A list of resources needed to deploy, provision and integrate your solution


An overview of the different strategic business initiatives, and how your solution fits into them

By verifying your users’ identities before they access your network, two-factor authentication protects your applications and data against unauthorized access. It works by requiring multiple factors to be confirmed before permitting access versus just an email and a password. Authentication factors can be something you know, like a password; something you have, like your device or a security key; something you are, like your personal fingerprint (biometrics); somewhere you are, like your location; and your level of access based on adaptive policies.


More than 80% of hacking breaches involve brute force or the use of lost or stolen credentials.


But, not every two-factor solution is the same. Some vendors only provide the bare minimum needed to meet compliance requirements – and lots of hidden costs required for deployment, operation and maintenance. Plus, many traditional solutions are clunky, error‑prone and require extensive user training and support – costing your employees time and productivity

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