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What is the Most Secure Form of Data Breach Protection from Remote Access?

Updated on April 30, 2012

Are you having a hard time dealing with employees, colleagues or criminals having remote access into the very same server which stores your confidential data? It can be nerve racking and a bit unsettling to know anyone could have stolen login credentials or cracked a password. Once they are on the loose in your system who knows how far they can get. Considering expensive approaches is a valid response to this quandary but is it the best approach? If you have not already heard about data breach protection through authentication then you may not know about an inexpensive service that provides adequate security. It is actually a quite simple process yet ingeniously created to identify the true authenticity of a user without costing a fortune. I am talking about a two-factor authentication solution which utilizes an out-of-band one-time password. By accurately identifying a user you can increase security for a server or networks by knowing criminals will need a more nefarious plot to perform a data breach.

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What is Two-Factor Authentication? (2FA)

Think of single-factor authentication as traditional logins or showing identification to a police officer. Something I know or something I have is used to validate my identity during these processes. Two-factor authentications utilize two of these factors, usually something you know and something you have and sometimes something you are. One of the most common 2fa methods is an ATM card and personal identification number which is used by banks to identify members. Something you have, your ATM card, and something you know, your PIN number, are used as separate factors to avoid fraudulent use of your card. Something you are refers to biometrics which uses biological measurements of the human body to distinguish our identities. However the process is expensive and a bit intrusive if you ask many users.

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What is an Out-of-Band One-Time Password?

A one-time password is used by many two-factor authentication solutions which provide remote access security. It is considered something you have because the passcode is delivered to something only you possess. During an out-of-band authentication process something you know, your username and password, is entered into the terminal which prompts for the second factor, something you have. During the most common out-of-band procedures, the OTP is transmitted to a cellular device through SMS text message which is considered a separate band of communication. This is because the text message travels through a phone company’s networks while remote access is through the World Wide Web.

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Remote Access Security through Out-of-Band Two-Factor Authentication

Data breach protection provided by a 2fa process is adequate for most remote access security needs. The cost associated with the process is also much less than many other solutions since there are already existent infrastructures available. Remote access security through out-of-band two- factor authentication allows for a more secure environment with notifications and accountability through the one-time password.

The Future of Data Breach Protection

As criminals become more advanced, along with technology, the ways of remote access security will have to evolve as well. Just as it did evolve from sending an OTP through a simple email and now into a more intricate SMS text message, new methods will be created. The possibility of biometrics is out there and with the cost associated with using “something you are” becoming lower and lower it seems like a plausible solution. My money however is on a new process altogether but if that process were public I would probably be writing about it.

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