RESEARCH BRIEF: Hardened Multi-Factor Authentication Increases Enterprise PC Security

The internet and mobility have made enterprise security monumentally more difficult. Employees can take mobile devices with them everywhere they go, but these smartphones, tablets, and notebooks vary wildly in terms of security features to prevent unauthorized access. Increasing numbers of endpoints became convenient targets of hackers looking to gain access to enterprise data. Many major hacks in the last few years targeted user endpoints, and the scope and pace of these attacks is growing. Hardened multi-factor authentication (MFA) is becoming a requirement to protect these users and the endpoints they control from attacks using stolen credentials. Intel’s newly-announced Authenticate supports hardened multi-factor authentication.

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Table of Contents

  • Summary
  • Recent Endpoint Hacks Have Unprecedented Consequences
  • Trends in Security & How to Combat New Threats
  • Windows 10 Helps Make Enterprise PCs More Secure
  • Not all Multi-Factor Authentication is the Same
  • Solutions Like Intel Authenticate are More Reliable & Secure
  • PCs With Single-Factor Authentication are a Vulnerability
  • Call to Action

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