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Contextual Authentication: A Multi-Factor Approach


Contextual Authentication works behind the scenes to prevent unauthorized access and applies the appropriate level of authentication.


Roaming users and remote access to confidential data are becoming a major security concern. In response, many organizations are over-steering towards rigid Two-Factor Authorization, which cannot adapt to different user scenarios, resulting in poor user adoption and increased frustration.


Between security and usability comes contextual authentication (or context-based authentication), which applies the appropriate level of authentication based on the context around a user's access request, including location, time, device, network, and application. For example, employees in the office may only need to provide strong passwords, whereas a traveling salesperson must provide two factors. However, a traveling salesperson now in the office only needs to provide a password to prove his identity, due to his new situation when requesting access.


With a primary focus on contextual authentication, PortalGuard provides dynamic security to enhance usability for users and strengthen security to match your organization's policies and compliance standards.


Benefits of PortalGuard Contextual Authentication:

  • Increase security without impacting the end-user experience
  • Increase usability for authorized users while creating barriers for unauthorized users
  • Configure all options down to the individual user, group, or application levels
  • Lower the total cost of ownership, compared to token-based two-factor authentication alternatives
  • Proactive approach to reducing threats — block suspicious users in real-time before a login attempt is made
  • Gather insights into user access scenarios and dynamically adjust the authentication method


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