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Dabbling in two-factor authentication can be dangerous

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Apr 13, 2015.

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    RSS New Member Member

    What if the front door to your home was virtually impenetrable—secured with a standard lock, as well as a deadbolt and a video surveillance system—but the side door to the house was unlocked and left wide open? How effective would the brakes on your car be if they only worked part of the time? That is what it’s like to use two-factor authentication, but only on certain designated systems.

    The problem many organizations have with two-factor authentication is that it is implemented sporadically. High risk or high value servers are identified and the stronger authentication mechanisms are put in place there. That creates a false sense of security. If other users and other systems on the network are not also using two-factor authentication attackers may be able to compromise those systems and find a back door into the high value servers.

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