[INFOGRAPHIC] NETWORK SECURITY: PREPARE FOR HUMAN ERROR

Are user credentials sufficient for secure authentication? 

No. The use of user credentials (username and password) by itself presents a high risk of unauthorized access and is no longer a viable option for secure authentication.

Is two-factor authentication the solution?
In the face of emerging threats, with two-factor authentication you’re at least heading one step in the right direction…
Multi-factor authentication.

Why is multi-factor authentication the best protection? At a time when identity theft is more and more common, it’s critical to have extensive user, customer and partner authentication. Adopting advanced authentication methods enables organizations to avoid breaches and protect sensitive information.

The 2016 DBIR indicates that third-party vendors are a major target for attackers. So how do you properly prepare for 3rd party access?
1. Conduct regular security and risk assessments for 3rd parties.
2. Establish and enforce access policies.
3. Routinely review the use of credentials with your 3rd parties.

With the proper authentication and authorization mechanisms in place, what’s next? Take a look at our infographic for best practices on securing the network against human error in 2017.