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Multi-Factor Authentication for Web Applications without Coding

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Multi-Factor Authentication for Web Applications

In today’s intricate digital landscape, the significance of secure data cannot be overstated. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) or Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), an integral part of the zero trust security model, has become an industry standard for robust online security. However, implementing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for homegrown, custom web applications, whether they are customer-facing or internal applications for employees, presents a considerable challenge. Traditionally, it has involved an arduous journey of intensive coding changes, requiring months of meticulous engineering labor and profound security expertise. More so, if you’re grappling with numerous applications, each written in diverse programming languages such as Java, Python, PHP, .Net, GoLang, and more.

Developers need to traverse the labyrinth of different SDKs corresponding to each programming language, for every single application. A challenging endeavor in itself, magnified manifold in complexity if you are utilizing MFA services from varied identity providers like Microsoft Entra ID, Azure AD B2C, Okta (Auth0), Amazon Cognito, Ping Identity (PingOne), Cisco Duo and others. The simultaneous integration of different SDKs from these identity providers spirals the task into a daunting challenge.

However, is it plausible to implement Multi-Factor Authentication for web applications without meddling with the codebase? That’s where Datawiza Access Proxy (DAP) steps in.

The Importance of Multi-Factor Authentication for Web Applications

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) plays an invaluable role in identity and access management (IAM), seen as a cornerstone in fortifying the security of any web application. The importance of this extends beyond the categorization of applications:

  • Custom web applications (homegrown web applications), including both customer-facing apps and employee-facing internal apps
  • Web applications provided by third-party vendors.

MFA enhances security by enforcing an authentication protocol that requires users to provide two or more distinct pieces of evidence commonly referred to as ‘factors’, to verify their identity. The complexity added by this multi-layered verification process drastically minimizes the risk of unauthorized access or intrusion, amplifying the security measures effectively.”

The Problem: Codebase Changes

The act of introducing MFA traditionally includes invasive manipulations of the web app’s codebase. Such alterations can induce unnecessary complications, potential bugs, and significant time and resource investments from your development team. It seems tortuous, especially when access to application source code isn’t even an option.

Unraveling the Power of No-Code Datawiza Access Proxy

Say goodbye to the old way of implementing MFA. Datawiza presents a trailblazing strategy to incorporate MFA into your existing apps – sans any code variations. This is where the No-code Datawiza Access Proxy (DAP) steals the spotlight!

How Does DAP Implement Multi-Factor Authentication for Web Applications via No-code?

The Datawiza Access Proxy (DAP) functions as a reverse proxy, establishing a secure gateway between your web apps and users. Compatible with your preferred Identity Providers (IdPs) such as Microsoft Entra ID, Microsoft Entra ExternalI, DAzure AD B2C, Amazon Cognito, Okta/Auth0, Ping Identity, Cisco Duo,  DAP incorporates your current MFA solution into the identity verification processes.

This system allows DAP to intercept user requests, liaise with the IdP for MFA-based verification, and only grant access to your web application resources upon successful validation. This combination of seamless integration, efficient operation and robust security makes DAP an indispensable safeguard for your web applications. Refer to the provided diagram for a more detailed understanding of DAP’s mechanization.

mfa 2fa for web apps without code changes

Plug-n-Play Integration

The cornerstone of the Datawiza Access Proxy (DAP) lies not just in its remarkable capability to implement MFA securely and effectively but also in the ease and compatibility it offers during integration. DAP has been designed with a ‘plug-n-play’ functionality that ensures its swift and seamless incorporation into your current environment becomes an effortless exercise.

This integration process is a crucial point of consideration. Being able to adapt and conjoin with existing operations without provoking disruptions is a significant advantage, it saves precious time, reduces potential friction from transition periods, and permits you to maintain productivity even during the deployment phase.

Scalability and Flexibility: Empowering Your Business

Regardless of your application’s deployment – be it on cloud-based platforms like AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, or traditionally on-premises, DAP is flexible enough to fulfill your needs. It’s designed to grow with your business. The DAP is fully scalable, capable of handling incremental user loads or heightened application demand smoothly and efficiently.

Not Just MFA – A Holistic Security Suite

The Datawiza Access Proxy does more than MFA implementation. It’s equipped to provide all-round security features like Conditional Access Control, Single-Sign-On (SSO), and Identity Protection. This comprehensive security package further fortifies your web application, assuring utmost safety and data security for your users.

Discover the No-Code Datawiza Difference for Enabling Multi-Factor Authentication for Web Applications

Join forces with Datawiza Access Proxy and step into the future of cybersecurity. Spend no time worrying about the complexities of integrating MFA and stay focused on what you do best.

Experience the ease with which you can secure your web applications using DAP. Reach out to us today for an insightful overview of deploying no-code MFA and leveraging a suite of other security features.