IDC PlanScape: Deploying Multifactor Authentication

IDC PlanScape: Deploying Multifactor Authentication

This IDC study provides senior technology leaders with a multifaceted approach to multifactor authentication. "Multifactor authentication is a time-tested approach that is finally coming of age," says Mike Chapple, adjunct analyst with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "Organizations recognize that they face an increasing threat from the compromise of password-based credentials; knowledge-based authentication simply doesn't provide an adequate level of protection against those threats. Push-based authentication using smartphones is both simple for end users and cost-effective for the organization."

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IDC PlanScape Figure
Executive Summary
Why Is Multifactor Authentication Important?
What's Wrong with Passwords?
Multifactor Authentication Builds Upon Passwords
Regulation Often Drives Adoption
User Attitudes Toward Multifactor Are Changing
What Is Multifactor Authentication?
What Isn't Multifactor?
Smartphones Play a Critical Role in Multifactor Authentication
Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
How Can My Organization Take Advantage of Multifactor Authentication?
Begin with a Pilot Rollout
Add Users in Waves
Add Services on a Parallel Track
Communicate Frequently
Essential Guidance
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