[WEBINAR] The New Normal: Dealing with the Reality of an Unsecure World

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Definition - What does Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) mean?

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a security mechanism in which individuals are authenticated through more than one required security and validation procedure. MFA is built from a combination of physical, logical and biometric validation techniques used to secure a facility, product or service.

Techopedia explains Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA is implemented in an environment where an individual's authentication and validation is the highest priority. Examples include a nuclear power plant or a bank’s data warehouse. To gain access to a secured location or system, MFA typically requires three different security mechanism layers and formats, as follows: Physical security: Validates and authenticates a user based on an employee card or other type of physical token Logical/knowledge base security: Validates and authenticates a user based on a required password or personal identification number (PIN), which is memorized by the user Biometric security: Validates and authenticates based on a user's fingerprints, retinal scan and/or voice

Techopedia Deals

Connect with us

Techopedia on Linkedin
Techopedia on Linkedin
"Techopedia" on Twitter

Sign up for Techopedia's Free Newsletter!

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud
Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud:
The Path to Hybrid Cloud: Intelligent Bursting To Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.