Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for IBM i

Safeguard your IBM i with multi-factor authentication (MFA)

MFA: The Power to Protect

Did you know that adding an extra layer of security to your IBM iSeries servers can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized access? Basic password protection mechanisms are no longer enough. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a powerful way to protect your critical systems and sensitive data. With exploited credentials accounting for 80% of security breaches, strong security measures are essential for protecting your critical business data on IBM i systems.

What is MFA?

MFA adds an extra layer of defense beyond traditional username and password logins, significantly reducing the risk of unauthorized access. MFA requires users to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a system. These factors typically fall into three categories:

  • Something you know: This could be your traditional password, a PIN, or a security question answer.
  • Something you have: This might be a physical token, a smartphone app that generates one-time passwords (OTPs), or a security key.
  • Something you are: Biometric authentication like fingerprints or facial recognition falls into this category.

By requiring more than just a password, MFA makes it much harder for attackers to gain access to your IBM i system, even if they steal a username and password.

Benefits of MFA for IBM i
  • Enhanced Security: MFA significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access by adding an extra layer of verification.
  • Improved Compliance: Many regulations require organizations to implement MFA for access to sensitive data.
  • Reduced Risk of Data Breaches: Stolen passwords are a common entry point for attackers. MFA makes it much harder for them to exploit compromised credentials.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing your IBM i system is protected with MFA provides peace of mind for administrators and users.
Getting Started with MFA on IBM i

When considering implementing MFA for your IBM i system, it’s crucial to:

  • Evaluate your Security Needs: Identify the level of security required for different user access levels and data types.
  • Choose the Right Solution: Select an MFA solution that integrates seamlessly with your existing IBM i infrastructure and meets your security needs.
  • Plan and Test Thoroughly: Develop a comprehensive implementation plan and conduct thorough testing before deploying MFA in production.

MFA is a powerful security tool that can significantly enhance the protection of your valuable data on IBM i systems. By implementing MFA, you can deter unauthorized access, improve compliance, and ensure peace of mind for your organization. Learn how multi-factor authentication strengthens security, simplifies compliance regulations, and seamlessly integrates with your IBM i environments.

Contact ITC to learn how we can help you secure your IBM i environment.

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