The ability of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to limit unauthorised access into systems ­helps explain its growing success and popularity among businesses in the UAE and world wide. After all, what business doesn’t want a tool that can provide an additional layer of security when accessing websites, applications, systems, and devices?

What is MFA?

Most people know authentication by the standard logon details of a username and password. Most people are also familiar with the common, but dangerous, habit of sticking with the same relatively simple password for all accounts. Given that this is often coupled with usernames following a standard format that is easy to discover, we can understand how account details can easily be compromised. This means that anybody with the login details can gain access to the same data or functionality as the intended user.


MFA provides an additional layer of security to the bog-standard sign-in process. It requires additional verification when attempting to access a website, app, system, or device. Often, this takes the form of entering a code, accepting a prompt on a smart device, or even using biometrics such as a facial recognition or a fingerprint scan in order to grant access. This means that even if your username and password were compromised, a hacker would still need an additional key to unlock access.

MFA factors belong to three categories

Something you have – think of something you physically possess, such as a smartphone, smartwatch, or secure USB key.

Something you know – what knowledge do you have that’s personal to you? This could be a PIN, or a security question like your mother’s maiden name.

Something you are This is where biometrics, like facial recognition, play a role.

Want to know more about Multi-Factor Authentication ?

If you’re looking to improve your emirates business’ security and protect its crucial data and services, an MFA solution could be the answer. Get in touch with Cloud Technologies today.