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Context-based authentication builds flexibility to MFA (multi-factor authentication), it forms risk assessment proficiencies into access results by evaluating users’ context and behavior, such as what type of network or device they’re signing in from. Additionally, if implemented appropriately, it better improves the employee’s login process and secures your company’s resources and accounts, which helps small and medium-sized businesses balance usability and security.

Although MFA offers a deeper guarantee of a user’s identity, it isn’t a perfect technique because cybercriminals can still acquire a user’s login details as well as their one-time passcodes. However, context-based authentication provides an extra layer of security beyond and above the password-based MFA. 

Using a protected passwordless method, context-based authentication eradicates the risks attached to passwords and provides small and medium-sized companies the choice to use active and practical access controls as an additional verification technique.

Presently, though still on the rise rapidly, as in 2016, 64% of American businesses are targets of data breaches, according to research. Therefore, small and medium-sized businesses should consider stepping up in terms of cybersecurity and look for sophisticated strategies to protect their accounts. That secret weapon to achieve that is implementing context-based authentication and its policies.

What Context-based Authentication Does

The two primary responsibilities of the context-based authentication that assists a business in securing its data better and improving its workforce are:

It creates a behavioral baseline

Context-based authentication creates a baseline that aids easy comprehension of the standard user experience. That includes a comprehensive insight into when, where, and the type of device a user regularly sign-in with specific applications or servers.

It responds to behavioral irregularities

With the baseline created, context-based authentication is enabled to work in the background, evaluate all logins, and scan for any possible threats. It will identify logins from unknown locations and VPNs. Also, it identifies high-risk requests for added verification factors, especially when the particular user is not active.

Furthermore, it protects businesses from cyber attacks when cybercriminals are trying to compromise their accounts and the company.

The Essential Guidelines for Using Context-based Authentication to Enhance Account Security

Below are some important tips that businesses should consider to use context-based authentication to boost account security:

Easy access for remote workers

Businesses requiring account login access for third-party remote workers need to ensure that their IT team provides easy but secured remote access for their employees. Also, they must ensure that this login access is capable of providing enough security in case of an unauthorized access attempt.  

Furthermore, businesses should consider technologies that provide a means for customized business policies and rules for their remote employees, and such technology is context-based authentication. These customized policies serve as the first defense mechanism against illegal access.

Single sign-on

User ease and comfort are crucial when implementing account security solutions. Context-based authentication provides a single sign-on technique that offers authorized users seamless and secured access to sensitive accounts with just a single entry point.

Context-based authentication employs a mixture of identity analytics, device analytics, login context, and behavior analytics to assess authorized and unauthorized login attempts from the supposed user.

Seamless two-factor authentication

As a business owner, when your employees are required for each login attempt to go through multiple steps repeatedly, your business productivity might decline, and your employees might start looking for other legal and illegal alternatives, though mostly illegal, means to bypass those multiple security protocols.

Context-based authentication provides an effortless MFA that passively evaluates the solutions and offers frictionless, multi-factor authentication that assesses the credibility of login attempts and streamlines known users’ access from a reliable combination of devices and accounts.

How to Implement Context-based Authentication Guidelines/Policies 

Businesses should consider the following ways to implement context-based authentication guidelines/policies:

Go passwordless

Passwords are now getting outdated, and hackers have almost fully mastered the illegal ways to get users’ passwords. Also, passwords have started becoming uncomfortable for employees and your IT security team. Therefore, simplify how your employees engage your context-based authentication structure, focusing only on push notification or biometrics factors instead. Complete eradication of passwords lessens the risk of potential attacks within your business.

With the rapid increase of data breaches worldwide, business owners should consider implementing context-based authentication guidelines/policies across all business resources as a means to mitigate data breaches and boost identity protection.

Think resourcefully

Context-based authentication procedures discreetly evaluate multiple signals and layers. While evaluating networks, device signals, and locations makes it more challenging for hackers to avoid MFA. On the other hand, implementing a more sensitive solution may generate a range of MFA requests, which might deter user experience.

Benefits of Context-based Authentication

Steeping up your game in terms of cybersecurity with context-based authentication comes with these key benefits:

  • It helps to protect authentication for employees, customers, and partners in need of access to several systems, devices, and apps, irrespective of their location.
  • It creates smart security guidelines that limit identity issues built on login context
  • It provides easy maintenance and deployment for managers without negatively affecting end-user productivity.

Improve Your Account Security with B-COMPSERVICES

If you have a small or medium size business in the United States, let B-Comp provide you with IT support and solutions. With our experienced engineers, you will enjoy speedy solutions to your IT issues. 

Contact us today and get your business protected against cyber attacks.

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