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How to fight password theft using the multi-factor authentication techniques available in ADSelfService Plus

Issue: One of the main intrusion techniques used by hackers is password theft. In fact, stolen credentials ranked first in the top 20 data breach action varieties in 2018.

Use case: Most organizations rely heavily on passwords to secure their network resources. However, users deal with their password saturated lives by often creating weak passwords and reuse them across critical business accounts. This makes stealing passwords the easiest way to get hold of network resources. Hackers only need to crack one user's password to gain entry into an organization's network and cause havoc.

Solution: ADSelfService Plus makes stolen passwords ineffective by mandating a second layer of authentication (2FA) for:

  1. Windows/macOS remote access.
  2. Windows/macOS local access.
  3. Cloud application access.

Supported authenticators:

  • Security questions and answers
  • Email verification
  • SMS verification
  • Google Authenticator
  • Duo Security
  • RSA SecurID
  • RADIUS authentication
  • Push notification authentication
  • Fingerprint Authenticator
  • QR code-based authentication
  • Microsoft Authenticator
  • TOTP authentication
  • AD-based secret questions

Prerequisites for enabling Windows/macOS 2FA:

  1. SSL and TFA must be enabled in ADSelfService Plus.
  2. The Windows and macOS logon agents, which come bundled with ADSelfService Plus, must be installed through the GINA/Mac Installation option available in the admin console.
  3. The  authentication techniques you'd like to enforce for users to prove their identity need to be configured in ADSelfService Plus.

Steps involved:

  1. Go to ADSelfService Plus' admin console.
  2. Navigate to Configuration → Multi-factor Authentication → Authenticator Settings tab.
  3. In the Choose the Policy field, click the drop-down box and select the policies for which you wish to enable TFA.
  4. Note: ADSelfService Plus allows you to create OU and group-based policies. To create a policy, go to Configuration → Self-Service → Policy Configuration → Add New Policy. Click Select OUs/Groups, and make the selection based on your requirements. Select at least one self-service feature. Finally, click Save Policy.

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    To enforce 2FA for Windows/macOS logons

  5. Select Enable Authenticators for Windows/macOS logins, and mandate the authenticator of your choice from the drop-down.
  6. To enforce 2FA for SAML-enabled cloud applications

  7. If you also want to enforce 2FA when users attempt to utilize SSO via ADSelfService Plus, select Enable Authenticators for ADSelfService Plus logins, and configure the authenticator of your choice from the drop-down.
  8. Keep the Disable TFA for SSO enabled enterprise applications option unchecked.
  9. Select Save Settings.

 

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Highlights

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