By Greg Keller Posted December 2, 2016
In the era of heterogeneous environments, device management is unique. IT admins have to centralize their management of devices across Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. A key part of this is to enable the control of devices, enhanced security, and policies. While IT admins are comfortable with what they need to do for most device management activities, we would encourage IT organizations to also think of multi-factor authentication as part of their device management capabilities.
Device Management is a Hot Topic
Protecting devices is an interesting subject these days. With the move to the cloud and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies, there is some debate from IT admins about whether it even makes sense to manage devices. The theory goes something like this: since all of an organization’s core data is stored in the cloud and applications are largely run through the browser, there is less stored on and available from a modern Windows, MacOS, or Linux device. Further, does the IT organization have the right to manage a device that is owned by an employee or contractor?
The issue with this thought process is that most devices have critical data on them. It simply isn’t secure to leave devices unmanaged.
Turn Up Security with Multi-Factor Authentication
Even with data being stored in the cloud and applications being run in the browser, many users download data or process data locally. Many users store their credentials to various sites on the device itself as well. While in theory everything is hosted in the cloud, the access to the cloud is via the device. As a result, it is a critical part of the chain and needs to be secured. One of the best ways to secure that device is to use multi-factor authentication.
MFA, often called 2FA, is a massive step-up in security. In addition to logging into the device via the username and password, now the user must also enter a code delivered by a smartphone. If the device is stolen or lost, the person trying to log in must have procured the user’s password and smartphone. It’s an unlikely scenario to have both of those in order to log in. MFA is perhaps one of the most important device management functions that IT organizations can implement.
Add Multi-Factor Authentication to your Device Management Functionality
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