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Using Multi-Factor Authentication

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To protect your USM Anywhere account, enable multi-factor authentication (MFA)A method of access control in which a user is granted access only after successfully presenting several separate pieces of evidence to an authentication mechanism – typically at least two of the following categories: knowledge, possession, and inherence.. MFA adds extra security because it requires multiple factors to authenticateProcess used to verify the identity of a user, user device, or other entity, usually through a username and password. a user, making it more difficult for an unauthorized person to gain access to the account. In USM Anywhere, MFA provides a layered defense of two independent credentials: what you know (your user account name and password) and what you have (security token on your personal device).

To use multi-factor authentication in USM Anywhere, you must have a mobile device that supports an Authenticator app. AlienVault recommends the Google Authenticator app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. Google Authenticator implements two-step verification services using the Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) algorithm and HMAC-based One-time Password Algorithm (HOTP) for authentication.