Cyberark (MFA): Moving towards dynamic security

News | 22.05.2024

In today's cybersecurity world, identity protection has become a central concern for organisations of all sizes. As cyberattacks increase in number and complexity, traditional authentication methods such as passwords are becoming less and less effective.

Cyberark's Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is one of the strongest ways to secure identity, offering a dynamic approach to authentication and adapting to modern threats. MFA is an authentication method that requires multiple factors to confirm a user's identity.

These factors can include:

  • What you know: passwords, PINs, secret questions.
  • What you have: smartphones, smart cards, tokens.
  • What you are: biometric data such as fingerprints or facial recognition.

These additional layers of authentication make account compromise much more difficult for attackers.

What makes MFA "adaptive"?

Adaptive MFA differs from traditional MFA in that it takes a dynamic approach to authentication by responding to context, risk and user behaviour. Cyberark Adaptive MFA considers various parameters to determine the risk level of each login attempt and automatically selects the appropriate authentication factors. For example, the system may consider:

  • The geographic location of the user
  • The type of device being accessed from
  • The time of day or day of the week
  • The user's behavioural history

With this adaptive approach, Cyberark can offer a balance between security and convenience. If the risk level is low, a minimum level of authentication can be applied, whereas if the risk level is high, the system will require additional factors to guarantee security.

Benefits of Cyberark Adaptive MFA:

  • Enhanced security: The adaptive approach allows for real-time detection and prevention of suspicious activity.
  • User Convenience: Reducing the number of steps required for authentication at low risk makes it more convenient to use the system.
  • Reduced credential compromise: By using different authentication factors and risk monitoring, Cyberark reduces the likelihood of compromised credentials.
  • Flexibility in customisation: Organisations can customise Adaptive MFA to suit their requirements and risk level, adapting the system to their needs.

Cyberark Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication is a modern approach to authentication that combines security and convenience. By dynamically responding to context and risk, it enables organisations to stay one step ahead of cyber threats by providing strong identity protection. In a world where cyberattacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, adaptive solutions like Cyberark Adaptive MFA are becoming not just desirable, but essential for securing digital assets and data.