Establishing Trust and Identity in the Cloud

September 24, 2019

As cloud computing(opens in new tab) spreads itself worldwide, it is easy to imagine every organization will tap into this opportunity.  At the same time, cloud computing brings a new angle to long-standing concerns around security and authentication of users.  A few questions commonly asked in the Cloud Security arena are "How does one authenticate myself to a SaaS/PaaS vendor?" and "How does one prevent unauthorized third parties from accessing my information?" 

Typically, one would use his/her username and password to authenticate to a cloud application service.  While this may seem like two different factors, the username and password are 'what you know', not 'what you know and what you have’. This is a single-factor authentication system.

If a user of a cloud-based application doesn't manage their own username and passwords carefully, they may be guessed and/or found.  Ask Sarah Palin how her email was obtained by a college student(opens in new tab).

NetSuite(opens in new tab) has a great tool to strengthen authentication in the cloud; hardware two-factor authentication.  NetSuite Two-Factor Authentication(opens in new tab) (NetSuite 2FA) requires a physical token ('what you have') in addition to the standard username and password ('what you know').

Using NetSuite 2FA, a malicious individual would have to know my password ('what I know'), and be in physical possession of my token ('what I have') in order to authenticate as me.  Automatically integrated into NetSuite, Netsuite 2FA enables secure two-factor authentication using a convenient hardware device small enough to attach as a keychain.

In some industries, such as banking, regulations require more than one factor of authentication. Two-factor authentication is a best practice for companies that want a strong security presence to protect their customer and financial data, even in industries or companies that are not subject to such requirements.

NetSuite has packaged the experience gained from tens of thousands of worldwide deployments over two decades into a set of leading practices that pave a clear path to success and are proven to deliver rapid business value. With NetSuite, you go live in a predictable timeframe — smart, stepped implementations begin with sales and span the entire customer lifecycle, so there's continuity from sales to services to support.

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