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Bring Your Own Authentication (BYOA)

Contributor(s): Madelyn Bacon

Bring Your Own Authentication (BYOAuth) is a computing concept in which an employee-owned device, such as a key fob or smartphone, can be used to provide authentication credentials within a business environment.

BYOAuth typically requires a standards-based multifactor authentication (MFA) framework that supports a wide variety of authentication technologies, such as fingerprint scanning, voice recognition or iris scanning. If the authentication technology is built into a consumer mobile device, it may be possible for an app to use the device's capabilities to provide an authentication factor. 

Because MFA in enterprises can be expensive and require specialized hardware, as well as costly back-end integration, many enterprises are open to the idea of implementing BYOAuth  to not only lower MFA implementation costs, but also to foster greater ease of use for employees.

 

 

This was last updated in April 2015

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