In today\u2019s sophisticated IT world, relying on simple username and password authentication is no longer enough to ward off the growing volume and variety of cyberattacks. Because multi-factor authentication (MFA) requires multiple methods for identification, it\u2019s one of the best ways to prevent unauthorized access to corporate data.\nAt the same time, however, MFA must be reasonably easy to use to ensure high acceptance\u2014adding too many steps can limit widespread adoption. In order to make MFA as painless and easy to use as possible, and avoid \u201ctoo much MFA,\u201d organizations should choose from a selection of authentication methods. What follows is a list of considerations to keep in mind when implementing MFA.\nDeploying MFA across the enterprise\nTo best secure resources and encourage user adoption of standardized authentication processes, organizations should implement MFA across the enterprise. In contrast, deploying MFA only for certain apps, users, or resources leaves your organization exposed. Implementing MFA across every user (end users and privileged users), and every IT resource (cloud and on-premises apps, VPNs, endpoints, and servers) effectively blocks cyberattacks at multiple points in the attack chain.\nLeverage context for adaptive MFA \nOrganizations should use an adaptive, step-up MFA approach based on context, versus an \u201calways on\u201d approach. This allows authentication requests to leverage contextual information such as location, network, device settings, and time of day when confirming identity. Adaptive MFA also improves the user experience\u2014rather than constantly asking for MFA credentials, the user is only asked to provide an additional authentication factor when necessary.\nOpt for a standards-based approach\nCompliance with standards such as Remote AuthenticationDial-in User Service (RADIUS) and Open Authentication (OATH) help ensure that your MFA solution can integrate and operate with your existing IT infrastructure.\nProvide a choice of authentication factors \nBecause user experience is critical for a successful MFA implementation, organizations need to balance user convenience with adequate levels of security. A \u201cone-size-fits all\u201d approach for authentication factors doesn\u2019t allow organizations to implement a solution that suits the needs of different user populations. Today, there are a wide range of authentication methods available, including:\n\nHardware tokens\nSoft tokens\nSMS text messages\nAutomated phone calls\nAutomated emails\nSecurity questions\nBiometrics\n\nConduct periodic assessments\nLast but not least, because security vulnerabilities and the threat landscape are constantly changing, organizations should conduct periodic MFA assessments. This helps ensure the chosen MFA technology meets the evolving needs of users and the organization.\nFor more information on successfully implementing MFA, click here.