Adaptive Authentication Home Cybersecurity Dictionary Adaptive Authentication Adaptive Authentication is a method for selecting the right authentication factors depending on a user's risk profile and tendencies - it adapts the authentication type to each situation. This is a new approach to authentication that adds additional security while minimizing the intrusiveness of the process on users. There are two key components: Threat and risk checks and Multi-factor Authentication (MFA). Risk checks are performed in the background without user awareness. MFA takes place only if a risk is detected. For example, during a login attempt a risk check may look at the reputation of the network a user is on, the geographic location of the source or device characteristics. If an anomaly is detected, MFA kicks in to help authenticate the login attempt. Related Terms2FA (2-factor authentication) and MFA (multi-factor authentication)Hardware AuthenticationIAM - Identity and Access Management Share: Seeking Clarity? View the Cybersecurity Dictionary for top terms searched by your peers. Back to the Dictionary RELATED INSIGHTS BLOG November 20, 2019 Future-Proof Your Digital Business with Zero Trust Security The increasingly popular Zero Trust information security model maintains strict access controls by not trusting anyone or any action by default – and ... See Details Read more about Future-Proof Your Digital Business with Zero Trust Security DOWNLOAD April 14, 2020 The Modern Marriage: Identity, Data and Zero Trust Unifying identity and data programs, aligned with Zero Trust, can help you accomplish several important goals. See Details Read more about The Modern Marriage: Identity, Data and Zero Trust BLOG April 09, 2019 Network Trust: How to Maintain and Establish it in Your Perimeter Everyone has heard about “the expanding attack surface” and the “ever-increasing amounts of data;” about employees wanting to access email on their ow... See Details Read more about Network Trust: How to Maintain and Establish it in Your Perimeter How Can We Help? Let us know what you need, and we will have an Optiv professional contact you shortly.