With the sophistication of security breaches increasing everyday, relying only on usernames and passwords to secure users' accounts is no longer an option. It's essential to add additional layers of security to filter out unauthorized users. This is possible using two-factor authentication (2FA), a method in which users' identities are verified with additional authentication methods like biometrics, Google Authenticator, and YubiKey.
With ADSelfService Plus' 2FA for Windows server login feature enabled, users have to authenticate themselves in two successive stages to access their Windows machines. The first level of authentication happens using their usual Windows AD credentials. For the second level of authentication, admins can configure one or more authentication factors that ADSelfService Plus offers.
ADSelfService Plus offers 19 different authentication factors for admins to choose from. These ensure that even if an unauthorized user gains access to a user's credentials, they still cannot gain access to the user's machine.
Admins can customize ADSelfService Plus' Windows 2FA feature to suit their organization's needs as follows:
With organizations adopting hybrid work environment, RDP connections need to be secured thoroughly. However, weak passwords, frail encryption mechanisms, and lack of access controls are major vulnerabilities that make RDP connections a common target for cyberattacks. When 2FA for Windows logon is enabled, additional authentication methods are added to both local and remote Windows logons.
2FA for remote desktops is similar to the local Windows logon methods, except for the fact that the second authentication factor is triggered during the remote desktop gateway connection.
The following are the Windows operating system versions that the ADSelfService Plus login agent supports for Windows logon and RDP access.
Windows 2FA ensures improved security, so that even if the passwords are compromised, unauthorized users will still need access to the email or phone of an authorized user to be able to log in to the Windows machines.
There are around twenty different authenticators in ADSelfService Plus, giving IT administrators a wide variety of options to choose from to set up an authentication mechanism for their users.
ADSelfService Plus also offers administrators the ability to configure 2FA based on users' OUs, groups, and domain memberships. So users with different privileges can have different levels of authentication.
ADSelfService Plus works for both client and server Windows operating systems starting from Windows Vista and above and Windows Server 2008 and above, respectively.
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