Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) is a method of cloud security for confirming the user identity wherein the user is granted access to a login or transaction only after his successful presentation for two or more steps of factors to an authentication mechanism. This is deployed across enterprises so that the user credentials stay safe & secure, and there are no chances of any intrusions by cyber criminals. Multi Factor Authentication for G Suite enhances cloud data security, which is a feature that can be availed by deploying an appropriate CASB solution that has this feature included in its feature-set.
Any enterprise that is having data security as its primary agenda can improve its cloud security by deploying Multi Factor Authentication. The primary email and collaboration platform like G Suite support (Multi-Factor Authentication) MFA and it would be in the best interest of the organizations to turn it on and enforce it wherever applicable. Statistics show that a poor 37% of the employees in an enterprise use MFA on their email and G Suite accounts. For smaller enterprises, the figure gets even worse with only 22% of the employees using MFA that translates to less than even 50 people having it enabled. Multi Factor Authentication for G Suite greatly helps corporate houses in reducing the credential stealing, but still they lag behind in its implementation. Around 63% of the stolen data is mainly due to weak passwords and credentials and so it is time that enterprises think about their cloud security on Google Apps for work.
Multi Factor Authentication i.e. MFA or the two-factor authentication (2FA) as it often referred to works on the principle of having multiple types of identification. This is of great help when any unknown user attempts to login using stolen credential like username and password. MFA always has two layers of authentication and this is done so as to make the chances of credential theft and forgery significantly harder and at the same time make it user-friendly and less annoying to the user (not to drive the users insane with more than two authentication factors.) The commonest types of authentication that the user will be asked to provide are as follows:
While the knowledge and possession combination is the widely used ones, there are enterprises that rely on the inherence combination also. It is proven that with MFA in place, it becomes hard for the cyber criminals to break into your accounts by stealing the credentials. Many of the SaaS products support Google Single Sign-On (SSO), which means that, users can benefit if MFA is activated.
Google has vastly improved the process of deploying Multi Factor Authentication for G Suite across enterprises for their work. Here are the steps required for the process:
CASB Solutions have many features that help in curbing any nuisances of potential data thefts or data breaches etc., and one of these features included in the feature set of many CASB vendor solutions is that of Multi Factor Authentication for G Suite.