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Guide to Evaluating Multi-Factor Authentication Solutions

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Executive Summary

Passwords are a known weak link and continue to be exploited at alarming rates. From simple phishing schemes to sophisticated, targeted phishing attacks, gaining access to a user's password is an easy and prolific attack. Regulatory agencies agree and are setting increasingly rigorous requirements for strongly authenticating users. Multi-factor authentication is no longer optional for many organizations.

Whether you're planning to implement multi-factor authentication for the first time or are looking to expand or upgrade your current implementation, this whitepaper will help you choose the solution that is right for your business. Key evaluation criteria will be defined and the most prevalent multi-factor authentication methods, including hardware tokens, smartcards, certificates, and PhoneFactor's phone-based authentication will be evaluated against the criteria.

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