Boost Your Security with Multi-Factor Authentication

Infographic Cybersecurity

Multifactor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) adds a second layer of security to help prevent anyone other than an authorized individual from gaining access to a secure system.

Access requires the following different types of authentication:

  1. Something you know:
    i.e., your username and password
  2. Something you have:
    i.e., a USB hardware token, or mobile device, phone, etc., that allows you to confirm your identity
  3. Something you are:
    i.e., biometrics like a fingerprint, retinal scan, or facial recognition

The most common and convenient forms of MFA include a mobile phone with an MFA application installed, a text message that is generated with a series of passcodes after the initial password is provided, or a phone call that allows you to authenticate that it is you who is attempting to connect.

Even when hackers successfully phish a user’s login ID and password or obtain passwords through installed malware, their access to a system protected by MFA remains unsuccessful without the second factor.


About the Author
Kathy Staples

Kathy Staples

Marketing Manager

Kathy Staples has over 20 years of experience in digital marketing, with special focus on corporate marketing initiatives and serving as an account manager for many Fortune 500 clients. As CampusGuard's Marketing Manager, Kathy's main objectives are to drive the company's brand awareness and marketing strategies while strengthening our partnerships with higher education institutions and organizations. Her marketing skills encompass multiple digital marketing initiatives, including campaign development, website management, SEO optimization, and content, email, and social media marketing.