Understand Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a method of authentication that requires the use of more than one factor to verify a user’s identity.

With MFA enabled in Oracle Identity Cloud Service, when a user signs in to an application, they are prompted for their user name and password, which is the first factor – something that they know. The user is then required to provide a second type of verification. This is called 2-Step Verification. The two factors work together to add an additional layer of security by using either additional information or a second device to verify the user’s identity and complete the login process.

MFA may include any two of the following:

  • Something that you know, like a password.

  • Something that you have, like a device.

  • Something that you are, like your fingerprint.

Users are increasingly connected, accessing their accounts and applications from anywhere. As an administrator, when you add MFA on top of the traditional user name and password, that helps you to protect access to data and applications. This also reduces the likelihood of online identity theft and fraud, which secures your business applications even if an account password is compromised.