With one in three data breaches attributed to stolen credentials, MFA for macOS has rightfully become a focal point for many IT organizations. Most employees succumb to the pressure of managing multiple passwords and resort to reusing or creating weak passwords, making them an easy target for cybercriminals armed with brute-force and dictionary attacks.. Enabling ADSelfService Plus' endpoint MFA for macOS endpoints adds a second factor to authenticate user identities and authorize access to sensitive IT resources.
Employees' desktops and laptops, besides storing confidential data and cached credentials, can also serve as an entry point for a cyberattack. Without system-based MFA, cybercriminals could leverage a compromised user account to access the user's machine and connected IT systems.
When ADSelfService Plus' macOS MFA is enforced, users will be required to authenticate their identity via two factors before they can access their machine. The first factor is generally the user’s Active Directory (AD) credentials, and the additional factor is often customized security questions or a one-time passcode via email or SMS.
System-based MFA safeguards sensitive data even in cases where passwords are compromised. That is, if a cybercriminal steals a user’s password via a credential-based attack or data-hoarding site, they still need access to the user's phone or email to advance to the second authentication factor.
SMS and email-based verification codes, as well as the authentication codes from Duo Security and RSA SecurID, are unique. These codes can only be used once and will expire if they aren't entered within a certain period.
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