Security |May 1, 2021

Why Multi-factor Authentication is Vital for CMMC

Devin Watt
May 1, 2021
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If you have ever tried to log in using your password, then are required to enter a code that was texted to you in order to gain access, you have used multi-factor authentication. 

 

Multi-factor authentication, sometimes referred to as two-factor authentication, is a security tool used to protect users against data breaches by requiring at least two pieces of evidence for a successful login. This is an important tool to protect against Passwords have always been the most common way to authenticate your identity, but they have proven to be an easy target for hackers. 

 

A NECESSITY FOR CMMC

For companies that are needing to achieve the Cybersecurity Maturation Model Certification to continue bidding on contracts for the Department of Defense, multi-factor authentication is required to satisfy certain controls and objectives. There are tools like Cisco's Duo that companies can use to protect their applications with a second source of validation, before allowing access to applications and resources. Duo is a cloud based solution that allows for a quick and simple login process for every application and every user.

Duo defines policies aligning with CMMC that limit application access to the users and devices according to distinct risk tolerance levels. This tool integrates seamlessly with existing technology with the ability to integrate with hundreds of applications. At the time of access, Duo inspects all devices used to access corporate applications and resources to determine trustworthiness and permits authorized users secure access. 

DUO AIDS THE FOLLOWING CMMC REQUIREMENTS:

      • Access control
      • Identification and Authorization
      • Audit and Accountability
      • Risk Management
      • Configuration Management
      • Incident Response
      • System and Communication Protection
      • Security Assessment.
      • Maintenance

Click here for more information on Cisco's Duo.

NuWave can help your organization be secure with multi-factor authentication and more! If your company needs CMMC, we can help you get you where you need to be to reach certification. Reach out to us today!

 

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