Despite being of central importance to any business or organization, encryption and security is best described as a cat and mouse game. Recent press attention paid to the flaws of SSL certification and HTTPS:// websites highlight that a system's security should not be taken for granted. Perhaps more importantly, putting all your eggs in a single piece of security is hardly a guarantee that they won’t break.
Because our success is dependent on, amongst other things, the security of our system, we are constantly looking for ways to protect our clients from any rogue threats.
We have a long list of security credentials, from actual encryption to process audits (CICA 5970 / SAS 70), and we are excited to extend that list by welcoming TWO-FACTOR Authentication to the SmartSimple family of security measures.
While primarily geared to our clients dealing with confidential and/or especially valuable information, TWO-FACTOR Authentication can add extra peace of mind to any SmartSimple client.
So how does two factor authentication work?
Most websites where one can login require a username and password. While a username and a password are two different things they are both “known” by the individual logging in. In short this means that anyone who knows the username and password can login, thus there is very little that can be done to identify that the individual logging in is actually the individual who owns the account.
Enter factor two. The second factor can be something that someone has or something that someone is. The former could refer to an access card and the latter would refer to a fingerprint.
As you can see, one may lose an access card or get duped into sharing a password, but the odds of both happening are greatly reduced. So by introducing TWO-FACTOR Authentication, we are enhancing an organization's ability to ensure that no one is using illegitimate means to gain legitimate access.
We’ve dotted our I’s and crossed our T’s and should be making TWO-FACTOR Authentication available to interested SmartSimple clients in the coming weeks.