What is Duo?
What is Duo?
Duo is a Multifactor Authentication (MFA) security method that requires users to provide two or more pieces of evidence to verify their identity before accessing a system or service. MFA prevents unauthorized access, data breaches and identity theft by adding an extra layer of protection to an organization’s security.
Why is MFA a Crucial Security Tool?
Passwords are Not Enough. Passwords alone are not enough to secure your online accounts and data. Hackers can easily guess, crack or steal passwords using various methods, such as phishing, brute force attacks or malware.
Reduces the Risk of Compromise. MFA reduces the risk of password compromise by requiring users to provide something they know (such as a password), something they have (such as a smartphone or a token) or something they are (such as a fingerprint or a face scan). If one method is hacked, other factors are still needed to breach the system or service.
Customer Trust and Satisfaction. MFA shows customers or clients that you care about their privacy and data protection. MFA shows your organization is following the best practices and standards in the industry.
Compliance. MFA provides compliance for various regulations and laws that require strong authentication methods, such as HIPPA, PCI, DSS and more.
MFA Options for an Organization:
- Authenticator Apps: Users scan a QR code or enter a secret key to link their account with an app that generates a time-based code to enter along with a user’s password.
- Hardware Tokens: Users carry a physical device that generates a code or displays a symbol needed to enter or match with their password.