Employees are either a company's greatest assets in the fight against cyberthreats or its biggest liabilities. It is vital that IBM i (AS/400) users practice good cybersecurity hygiene, adhere to the latest best practices and are intimately aware of the threat landscape.
Password management continues to be a major pain point for cybersecurity professionals. Some IBM i users continue to rely on their default login credentials to access their accounts despite the significant threat this behavior poses to organizational integrity. Employees may even repurpose their username for their password, making it far easier for a malicious actor to access their account, get inside the IBM i system and commit fraudulent activity.
It is also common for users to revert to default login credentials when requesting a password reset. Organizations must balance employees' desire for convenience and streamlined access with the need for robust security procedures.
Multi-factor authentication addresses password management pain points by requiring users to verify their identities using two or more criteria: something they know (e.g. password), something they have (e.g. mobile device) or something they are (e.g. bioscan identification). It insulates organizations against a potential breach in the event that an external source acquires account login credentials.
See how Syncsort's Assure Multi-Factor Authentication product can help secure user profiles on IBM i.