How Behavioral Authentication Is Changing Multi-Factor Identification

Donovan Blaylock II
August 14, 2019

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Every year, cybercriminals earn around $1.5 trillion by illegally accessing the computers of businesses and individuals around the world.

If your organization keeps sensitive information on file, it’s an even greater target compared to other companies. To protect your data and your business, you need to use multi-factor authentication.

However, today many cybercriminals have gotten more sophisticated and traditional multi-factor authentication methods are no longer as secure as they once were.

Keep reading to learn how behavioral authentication is changing the way you protect sensitive data.

What is Multi-factor Authentication?

When you log into most websites, there’s only one level of authentication. Once you provide your username and password, you’re in. If you find yourself needing to put in your birthdate, use a verification code sent to your phone, or answer a security question, this is the second layer of security.

Any time you require more than one way to verify a person’s identity, you’re adding a layer of security. After all, for cybercriminals, passwords are fairly easy to get a hold of.

However, many of these other types of verification methods are now being hacked by these individuals. This is why we focus on behavioral authentication.

What is Behavioral Authentication?

Behavioral authentication constantly monitors the behavior of a user to determine if it’s truly the person or not.

Once a person has been studied, a baseline is made for how they interact with their device. When there are significant changes to that behavior, a security check is required.

Because this system is continually checking for identity, the risk of attack is significantly lower. Suspicious activity immediately requires a user to confirm their identity which will stop a cybercriminal in their tracks.

How Does it Work?

Our systems monitor how you type in regard to speed and accuracy. We also monitor the movements of your mobile device to verify that you’re holding it in the same position you normally do and move it as often as usual.

There are several verification methods which are then used to confirm your identity if any suspicions arise.

These include:

  • Password or PIN input
  • Answering a security question
  • Providing a security code sent to another device you own
  • Fingerprint, facial, or voice recognition
  • Verifying another unique piece of data such as your current location

If you can verify your identity, then you’ll be able to continue using your device.

However, if you’re not the one using your device, the hacker will be locked out of the system and an alert will be sent to another one of your devices.

Ready to Make Your Organization More Secure?

Now you know how behavioral authentication is an essential part of a multi-factor authentication solution for businesses and organizations adding an extra layer of security.

If you’re ready to ensure the security of your organization and its data, contact us today. We’ll be more than happy to provide you with everything you need to get started.

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