Better security with Two-Factor Authentication on Remote Desktop and OpenVPN

Decent security is extremely important. Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is increasingly used to improve this. It is now possible to use 2FA with DUO Security on Remote Desktop and OpenVPN.

Why Two-Factor Authentication?

Most security measures are taken without users noticing. But that is not always possible. Others can also log in with your username and password if they manage to obtain them. To prevent this, an extra layer can be added, a so-called second factor. This is an extra step after logging in with which the user proves that he is really that person by means of a unique action.

Many websites already support 2FA, such as our portal My1A. You must then link your account with an application on your phone. When that is done, you will see a temporary code on your phone that you must enter when logging in.

2FA with DUO Security

DUO is a subsidiary of the network giant Cisco. They offer integration between your IT environment and logging in with 2FA. The linked application on your phone is extremely simple: when logging in on a linked service, you will receive a notification and you only have to press a button. Safe and yet extremely simple!


1A-services that work with DUO’s 2FA

The connection with 1A-services can be enabled by your 1A-partner. An administrator can then enable the use of DUO Security in the 1A-manager per user by making them member of a dedicated group.

Two 1A-services currently support DUO’s 2FA:

  • Remote Desktop Service (RDS) of a 1A-cloud environment;
  • Secure connections with OpenVPN.

No 2FA with DUO Security yet?

If there are any extra requirements, you can of course stake a claim on our personal support.

Please contact your 1A-partner today to start using this service!


Richard de Vroede

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