MobileIron adds Authenticator solution to its cloud security offering to deliver multi-factor authentication



MobileIron announced on Tuesday addition of MobileIron Authenticator to its comprehensive MobileIron Access cloud security solution. MobileIron Authenticator is a new mobile application that allows organizations to verify a user’s identity using the phone as a second factor of authentication.

MobileIron Authenticator is differentiated from existing MFA solutions because it provides a one-touch set-up process for end users, leverages smartphones instead of hardware tokens, and integrates MFA into a comprehensive security workflow that establishes not just user trust, but also device and app trust.

MobileIron Authenticator delivers automated, one-touch activation simplifies user adoption, so that employees can focus on getting work done, not figuring out how to use MFA. User login can be confirmed within seconds using push notifications on MobileIron-secured smartphones, simplifying the access experience. Authentication flows are now dynamic and based on context, so that device, app, network, and user trust are considered together to enable smarter authentication decisions.

With the addition of MobileIron Authenticator, the MobileIron Access solution now brings MFA policies into a rich security workflow that already includes adaptive access and single sign-on for mobile apps.

According to the 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, compromised credentials are the top cause of reported data breaches. The best solution is to move beyond passwords, as MobileIron already does with seamless single sign-on for trusted devices and apps.

But when that is not possible because of legacy devices or untrusted environments, many organizations look to multi-factor authentication (MFA) as additional evidence to confirm a user’s identity. Traditional MFA, however, uses hardware tokens that are easily lost or software tokens that require inconvenient activation through QR codes. Neither of these is an ideal user experience.

“MFA is often a silo in a company’s security workflow, a separate solution that requires custom integration and creates frustration for end users,” said Vijay Pawar, VP of product management at MobileIron. “MobileIron Authenticator integrates MFA into the broader security workflow and simplifies adoption by end users.”

 

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