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MFA for VPN Logons

Multi-factor authentication for VPN logins

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.

Secure remote access to your VPN with ADSelfService Plus

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.

How to protect VPN with MFA

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:

Multi-factor authentication for VPN logins

  1. A user tries to establish a VPN connection by providing their username and password to the VPN server.
  2. The VPN server sends the authentication request to the NPS where the ADSelfService Plus’ NPS extension is installed.
  3. If the username and password combination is correct, the NPS extension contacts the ADSelfService Plus server and raises a request for second-factor authentication.
  4. The user performs authentication through the method configured by the administrator. The result of the authentication is sent to the NPS extension in the NPS.
  5. If the authentication is successful, the NPS conveys this to the VPN server.

The user is granted access to the VPN server and establishes an encrypted tunnel to the internal network.

Supported VPN authentication methods

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:

  • Granular configuration: Enable particular authentication methods for users belonging to specific AD domains, organizational units (OUs), and groups.
  • Real-time audit reports: View detailed reports on VPN logon attempts with information like time of logon, and authentication failures.

Benefits of using MFA with ADSelfService Plus

  • Customizable configuration: Apply different authenticators to different sets of users based on their privilege.
  • Achieve regulatory compliance: Meet NIST SP 800-63B, GDPR, HIPAA, NYCRR, FFIEC, and PCI DSS regulation requirements.
  • Prevent credential-based cyberattacks: Prohibit the reuse of passwords and weak passwords that make your network vulnerable to cyberattacks.
  • Secure endpoints: Use MFA to secure not just VPN access, but also local and remote logins into Windows, macOS, and Linux machines for all-rounded endpoint security.

Fortify your VPN with Multi-factor Authentication

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