What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Most network security breaches come as a result of stolen usernames and passwords, which are relatively easy for a determined cybercriminal to acquire – unless you have security measures like multi-factor authentication (MFA) in place. MFA requires additional information to log in, ensuring criminals can’t simply steal your login information and get into your system.


Multi-factor authentication refers to a method of confirming identity by requiring a user to successfully present two or more identification factors. These factors can be something the user knows (like a password or PIN), something they possess (like a hardware token or smartphone) or something they are (like a fingerprint scan). A basic example is using an ATM; logging on requires the user to insert their debit card (a thing they possess) and enter their PIN (a thing they know).

But unfortunately, traditional MFA solutions are often difficult for businesses to implement and manage, especially those with limit-ed IT resources. The WatchGuard AuthPoint solution addresses a common security gap with multi-factor authentication (MFA) on an easy-to-use Cloud platform. With a simple push notification, the AuthPoint mobile app makes each login attempt visible, allowing the user to accept or block access right from their smartphone. Furthermore, AuthPoint is a Cloud service, so there’s no expensive hardware to deploy, and it can be managed from anywhere using WatchGuard Cloud’s intuitive interface. Our ecosystem offers dozens of integrations with 3rd party applications – ensuring that MFA protection is broadly applied for access to sensitive Cloud applications, web services, VPNs and networks.

AuthPoint enables

Easy to Use AuthPoint Mobile App
Users can authenticate right from their own phone! No need to carry keyfobs or thumb drives; instead install and activate the AuthPoint mobile app in seconds.


Broad Coverage with Web SSO

AuthPoint supports the SAML standard and our ecosystem includes dozens of 3rd party integrations – enabling you to require authentication before accessing sensitive Cloud applications, web services, VPNs and networks.


A Cloud-based Service

AuthPoint runs on the WatchGuard Cloud platform and is available from wherever you are. There is no need to install software, schedule upgrades or manage patches.


Effective MFA Protection with Mobile Device DNA

AuthPoint provides 3 ways to authenticate, and our mobile device DNA matches the authorized users’ phone for an additional identification factor.


Three ways to authenticate with the app


Push-Based Authentication

Secure authentication with one-touch approval. You see who’s trying to authenticate, and where, and can block unauthorized access to your resources.

QR Code-Based Authentication

Use your camera to read a unique, encrypted QR code with a challenge that can only be read with the app. The response is typed in, to finalize the authentication.

Time-Based One-Time Password

(OTP)Retrieve your dynamic, time-based, one-time password as displayed, and enter it during login.

Just released our free eBook, 20 Signs That Your Business is Ready for Managed ServicesDownload