A great concern of our time is the proliferation of cybersecurity threats that take over the unexpected hot spots for client data. Every individual is affected in some way if they use a credit or debit card, or otherwise tap into the Internet every so often to look up cat pictures in their free time. The issue of malware is the least of everyone’s concerns: It’s the actively malicious users who are monitoring vulnerabilities and attempting to gain a foothold into the private data of individuals by cracking the security protocols of the businesses themselves.
While there’s usually a plethora of barriers that are designed to create a challenge of malicious users who are trying to gain access, the reality is that nothing short of cutting-edge multifactor authentication (MFA) is going to adequately ensure that the end-users — be it clientele or employees of the companies themselves — are secure when logging in to their account. What ends up happening is the old brute-force theory that adding more sandbags to the wall will make it more secure. In reality, the hackers were entering through the back the whole time.
What today’s security systems are trying to do is delicately balance answers to the question of how we verify someone’s likeness beyond a reasonable doubt. Adding more and more layers of security to every single login is just going to waste time for the real users and ultimately will be foiled when the malicious ones simply drop in through the ventilation grate in the ceiling. This is why a gracefully balanced response is required, and OneLogin has answered the call with their world-class multifactor authentication and single sign on combination that makes it easy for ordinary people to log in while the cyber-menaces are locked out.
OneLogin’s Theory and How It Works
The first step to OneLogin’s mediation platform is that the database must be secured completely. This means that there can’t be any indexed entry points from the outside-in; everything must be funneled through an MFA-secured checkpoint. It’s designed to streamline the login process for legitimate users by ensuring that they meet a series of conditions that are expected of only them.
Here are some of the metrics that OneLogin’s secured portal looks for:
- Biometrics — fingerprint, iris and facial recognition
- Security questions
- One-time passwords (OTPs) sent through SMS to the legitimate user’s phone number on file
- Hardware certificates that confirm the device that the login is occurring from
- Location data that confirms the user is logging in from an expected location
- Basic login credentials
The concept of the system is simple: Anyone who isn’t the real McCoy would somehow have to meet every single one of those conditions in order to gain access. They would need the actual device in the actual location with the actual answers to the questions, the actual credentials and the whole nine. This is conveniently what makes the SSO aspect possible, allowing employees and clients alike to suit up and step into their respective cyber-territories without authenticating themselves every time. OneLogin’s system is able to verify that everything looks correct and allow the user to instantly gain access from the trusted device.
OneLogin’s multifactor authentication and single sign on solution shows promise in the coming years for manufacturers to consistently protect their databases from breach.