Tips and Tricks for selecting Strong Authentication

Jason Mafera
Feb 03, 2012

Strong authentication can come in a variety of forms, each with it's own unique strengths and weaknesses. Before selecting a type of strong authentication, think about the following:

  1. Make sure that the technology you select can be easily managed centrally
  2. Check that the vendor supports multiple types of Strong Authentication technologies, so that is easy to mix and match different types with a single installation and policy. In many cases a single type of Strong Authentication technology is not enough to cover an entire organization, as different groups of users may need different types.
  3. Make sure you understand the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and that it fits into your overall security needs.
  4. Ask what happens if a device is lost or stolen, how easy is it for the user to continue working until the device is replaced?
  5. Ask how each technology fits into the 3 categories of multi-factor authentication, something you have (device), something you know (PIN # or Password), something you are (biometric).

 

For more information on different types of strong authentication and a comparison of strengths and weaknesses, please view the pre-recorded webinar by clicking on the following URL: http://www.imprivata.com/content12349.html