Multifactor Authentication Tools — SSL


What is multifactor authentication?

Multifactor, or two-factor, authentication increases the security of the Entrust Cloud™ Certificate Management platform by requiring two methods of identity verification before allowing users to log-in.

The fingerprint is part of the authentication system of the future.The use of two-factor authentication to prove one’s identity is based on the premise that an unauthorized actor is unlikely to be able to supply both factors required for access. If in an authentication attempt at least one of the components is missing or supplied incorrectly, the user’s identity is not established with sufficient certainty and access to the asset (e.g., a building, or data) being protected remains blocked.

A two-factor authentication scheme typically must include two of the three schemes listed below:

  • Something the user knows
    (e.g., password, PIN)
  • Something the user has
    (e.g., token, smart card)
  • Something the user is
    (e.g., biometric characteristic, such as a fingerprint)

“Something You Know

The first authentication factor required for logging on to the Entrust Cloud certificate management platform is “something you know”: your Entrust account credentials. However, for two-factor authentication, entering your credentials is only the first step to logging into your Entrust Cloud account.

“Something You Have

The second authentication factor required for logging into the Entrust Cloud certificate management platform is “something you have.” Typically this takes the form of some physical object in the possession of the user, such as a USB stick with a secret token, a bank card, a key, etc. For Entrust Cloud Users not currently using Entrust IdentityGuard Grid Cards, the second authentication factor can be procured by using Entrust Soft Tokens or Entrust eGrid.



What tools does Entrust make available for multifactor certificate authentication?

Entrust Multifactor, or two-factor, authentication increases the security of the Entrust Cloud™ Certificate Management platform by requiring two methods of identity verification before allowing users to log-in.

Entrust provides tools to help Entrust Cloud users achieve maximum security during their multifactor authentication process.


Entrust Soft Tokens

Entrust software tokens transform smartphones into convenient multifactor authenticators. Entrust enables these smartphones to act in place of hard tokens, an approach which has a high user-adoption rate. Entrust soft tokens can also include organization-specific branding for better customer or employee recognition.

Entrust Soft Token Diagram

Entrust eGrid

Unique to each user, Entrust’s patented grid card is a low-cost, easy-to-use form factor and one of the most popular authenticators in the industry. Identical in capability to physical grid cards, electronic grids (eGrids) may be sent to users via the Web or as a PDF. These can be easily stored on a machine or mobile device for convenient access, eliminating the need to carry a physical form factor.

Entrust eGrid Diagram