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Strong multi-factor authentication requires biometric identity verification

Record setting breaches, the rise of ransomware, and increasing liability have most organizations searching for improved security solutions.

The current federal recommendation is that businesses with an interest in securing their data adopt multi-factor authentication (MFA) to improve their overall security posture. However, not all MFA processes are created equally. In fact, most simply don’t go far enough to protect organizations against the threats that already exist or build in resiliency against future attacks.

The complexity of modern security problems hinders the ability of MFA solutions to solve them in ways that span silos and integrate with existing security systems. Attackers don’t attack organizations where their security is strongest. Instead, they exploit the obvious gaps in defenses. Currently, their path of least resistance is to take advantage of the security gaps that exist in passwords and other authentication processes. From a high level, that problem can quickly be broken down into several fundamental issues:

  • Huge relational password databases readily available on the dark web that contain billions upon billions of compromised user passwords
  • Users reusing passwords across multiple sites (especially in relation to the above)The rising sophistication of phishing attacks designed to steal passwords and other credentials
  • The acceleration of remote work dramatically increasing an organization’s potential attack surface
  • Over-reliance on items that can be compromised, stolen, or lost (mobile devices, thumb drives, badges, etc.)

That’s a slew of challenges surrounding just one general security process, authentication. That means any MFA solution designed to improve an organization’s overall security posture will need to be:

  • Flexible enough to protect access no matter where it occurs, remotely or on site
  • Able to protect not only network access to IT processes and applications, but also access to hardware like printers and shared workstations  Inherently seamless and usable with existing processes while not disrupting anything else
  • Able to protect users from themselves when they succumb to a phishing attack
  • Span departmental silos and responsibilities 

The only solution that can solve all those challenges while also building in resilience against future attacks is biometric identity verification. It not only adds an extra layer of unforgeable security, it also helps fill the gaps in existing security processes by providing protection across a widespread workforce and facilities alike. For most organizations, requiring MFA will be a step in the right direction. But, too many will still leave significant gaps in their security posture by implementing MFA without biometric identity verification.

Put simply, stronger security now requires biometric identity verification. SentryCard gives organizations an easy and immediate way for users to provide proof of their identity and ensure that they are who they say they are. It’s a self-contained, biometric, portable ID card that serves as a multi-function credential for both physical and logical access. The SentryCard is the only open-architected biometric platform in the market, and is the only solution that can seamlessly integrate with every back-end system. SentryCard ensures every request coming from your users is valid and authorized because it relies on biometric fingerprint matching stored and verified on the card itself. With SentryCard in place, attackers can easily be prevented from gaining access with stolen or false credentials. It’s fraud-proof in a way that current password-based solutions–no matter their complexity or multi-factor requirements–simply aren’t.   

To learn how SentryCard adds a level of protection to your entire organization with verifiable identity integrated into your current environment, please click here to contact Sentry Enterprises. 

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