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Oct 11 2012   7:24PM GMT

Word of the Day: multifactor authentication definition

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“Although some security experts question whether multifactor authentication actually increases security — they say it isn’t perfect and can be cracked just like any other authentication system — it does add an extra layer of security for identity and access management (IAM) suites.” — Joel Dubin

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is multifactor authentication. There are three ways to authenticate an end user — by what they know (password), by what they have (smart card) and by who they are (biometric verification). Multifactor authentication requires that at least two out of three methods be used.

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