There are a number of reasons why cloud computing environments are inherently more secure than any solution hosted on-premise. One of the most basic and important provisions is two-factor authentication. Because it is impossible to physically access a cloud-based system, authentication via the web is the first line of defense anyone accessing a system in the cloud will encounter.
What is it and what does it mean?
The easiest way to think about two-factor authentication is as an extra step to verify one’s identity. The first step is an encrypted password. The second step is generally a device verification. For example, an online banking account will email a pin number out if someone is trying to login via an unrecognizable device. Typically this happens the first time a new computer or device is used to login. This second authentication is in place to further secure Internet data.
More information about Nextpoint’s two-factor authentication can be found here.