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IBM i MFA and Password Self-Service: A winning combination

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Implementing IBM i Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) and Password Self-Service (PSS) as an integrated solution allows companies to enjoy the cost savings of automation, while enhancing IBM i security and addressing compliance requirements at the same time. On the surface, IBM i MFA, Password Self-Service and 2FA software solutions already have a lot in common. If you are thinking of implementing IBM i MFA, 2FA or Password Self Service, you may want to consider implementing them together to gain both the cost savings and security benefits. CautionWhen buying any IBM i MFA Multi-Factor Authentication, 2FA Two-Factor Authentication or PSS Password Self-Service software solution, it is important to note, most compliance regulations require a single step authentication process to be used, as multi step authentication have been proven to be insecure. IBM i MFA, 2FA and PSS solutions will either use authentication factors or need answers to security questions, which will then use either a single or in multiple step process. In a multi-step authentication process, users will complete a validation process successfully, and then be presented with a new screen for the next authentication factor or question. This security flaw allows a hacker to confirm a user’s security screening information. Single-step authentication performs the entire validation process from one screen, which prevents the hacker from confirming which one failed. IT departments planning on MFA, 2FA and PSS solutions should also be aware of security vulnerabilities of SMS based text and link resets for users, as they have been successfully hacked and commonly being reported in the news recently. Most security experts are now recommending using an app for verification or to generate codes and tokens. MFA and 2FA Common Use CasesCompliance is the primary reason companies are implementing MFA and 2FA. However, multi-factor authentication provides many other benefits. Companies that have strengthened password policies for various reasons, will likely also find Help Desk calls have risen significantly. Although complex passwords serve a purpose, they can be counterproductive and have unintended consequences. The worst one, people storing passwords in a file on their computer or the network. In this one example alone,...
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​iSeries MFA Multi-Factor Authentication

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iSeries MFA provides Multi-Factor Authentication to prevent unauthorized user access to systems by adding two or more authentication requirements before allowing access to the IBM i system through 5250 OS400 Sign-on or other applications running on the AS400 system. IBM i MFA is being driven primarily by increased cybersecurity threats, a...
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