The many benefits of working remotely have led organizations to adopt this model for their workforce. Virtual private networks (VPNs) have become indispensable since they provide employees with secure and encrypted remote access to internal networks, and vital resources. Despite this secure remote network access, when the VPN is synced with the organization's Active Directory (AD) environment, users are commonly authenticated using only their domain usernames and passwords—a method that has proven to be no longer secure. Verizon reports that 81 percent of data breaches can be linked to compromised passwords. Exposure of VPN credentials can put your entire network at risk of data exposure. Implementing additional layers of security through multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an effective way to prevent the dire consequences of credential exposure.
ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus, an integrated self-service password management and single sign-on solution (SSO), enables you to fortify VPN connections to your organizations' networks using MFA. This involves implementing authentication methods like biometric authentication, and one-time passwords (OTPs) during VPN logons in addition to the traditional username and password. Since passwords alone are not enough to log into the network, ADSelfService Plus renders exposed credentials useless for unauthorized VPN access.
To secure your VPNs using MFA, the VPN server should use a Windows Network Policy Server (NPS) to configure RADIUS authentication, and the ADSelfService Plus NPS extension has to be installed in the NPS. This extension mediates between the NPS and ADSelfService Plus to enable MFA during VPN connections. Once these requirements are fulfilled, the process shown below takes place during a VPN login:
The user is granted access to the VPN server and establishes an encrypted tunnel to the internal network.
IT admins can configure any of the above methods according to their organization's requirements. ADSelfService Plus enables hassle-free configuration and administration of the feature through:
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