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

By Patrick Moorhead - February 15, 2016
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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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.