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Best Practices: Implementing Strong Authentication In Your Enterprise

Kill Two Birds With One Token

July 23, 2009


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The adoption of strong multifactor authentication (MFA) is on the rise. It's often the first port of call on the journey to a fuller identity and access management implementation; MFA directly addresses the password problem, which is a well-known and well-defined security weakness in many corporate environments. An impressive proportion of enterprises in Europe and North America have implemented MFA, but in reality many of those implementations only cover a small minority of a company's users. As so many organizations have yet to embark on a full MFA rollout, Forrester interviewed several firms that have recently completed the process successfully to learn about the best ways of doing so. Four main themes emerged from these interviews: Understand how your users work; determine what the business needs and be proactive; anticipate and mitigate technology challenges; and develop a strategy to get support in the right places.

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Table of Contents

  • Strong Multifactor Authentication Is More Necessary Than Ever
  • Four Best Practices For Strong Multifactor Authentication
  • MFA Best Practice No. 1: Understand How Your Users Work
  • MFA Best Practice No. 2: Determine What Your Business Needs And Be Proactive
  • MFA Best Practice No. 3: Anticipate And Mitigate Technology Challenges
  • MFA Best Practice No. 4: Develop A Strategy To Get Support In The Right Places
  • Forrester's Strong Multifactor Authentication Next Practices
  • Identifying Your Challenges
  • Case Studies
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents