Typically, applications use a standard credential of username and password as a single factor. This is considered knowledge-based, or something you know. MFA requires at least one more form of credential, which could be:

A PIN produced by an authentication application or security key

User-identifiable characteristics, such as fingerprints or voice recognition. These are rarer and require infrastructure to support implementation.

If two types of authentication (2FA) or three (3FA) or more are required, it is considered multi-factor. MFA can be implemented through single sign-on (SSO) tools that Bullhorn customers may already use. With SSO, you can provide access to most application logins your users may need through a single tool, greatly simplifying implementation.

Why is MFA important?

When cybercriminals are able to acquire your users’ usernames and passwords, they can gain unauthorized access to your applications and data. MFA deters cybercriminals by requiring more than just a password or knowledge-based factor to access an application or system. If you use an authentication app such as Google Authenticator, users must enter their usernames and passwords, as well as a unique code provided by the authentication app. Cyberattackers are unlikely to have access to that authentication app to acquire the unique code within the timeframe for which it is valid.

Most industry experts estimate that the percentage of data breaches related to weak password security is more than 80%. Implementing MFA through a SSO solution can help prevent that from happening to your business.

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