To be blunt, authentication of users with usernames and passwords are no longer effective methods. Why? Because users are careless with passwords. They choose obvious ones. They use the same password over and
over again. And they write passwords down on sticky notes that anyone can find.
But Users Aren’t the Only Problem
When you rely on usernames and passwords, you’re practically handing hackers the keys to your kingdom. Savvy criminals write advanced algorithms to find ports of entry. Then, when the same password is used for multiple apps, hackers who have cracked one password can snoop around wherever they please. For example, a hacker might steal a user’s Facebook password and in so doing gain access to your entire corporate infrastructure. That is a huge cause for concern.
The bottom line is that usernames and passwords are things a user has to know. And those things can be captured or stolen with relative ease. On their own, they just aren’t secure enough.
Old Mainframe Passwords Are Scary Bad
Authentication by password problems just described also apply to mainframe passwords. The difference is that mainframe passwords for older applications— the ones that run your business and contain all your most sensitive data—are protected only by eight-character, case-insensitive passwords. Written decades ago, in a safer time, mainframe applications were hard-coded with weak eight-character password security because that was good enough. Not anymore.
You can now use Multifactor Authentication (MFA) to secure your mainframe systems. MFA combines multiple identity sources as a way to authorize access. There are several ways in which you can set MFA for your systems.
Download the ebook to know the various methods and ways of using multifactor authentication (MFA) to keep your mainframe systems secure.
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