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What is multi-factor authentication, or MFA?

Multi-factor authentication, or MFA, is an authentication method that requires the user to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a resource such as an application, online account, or a VPN. MFA is a core component of a strong identity and access management policy.

The NPDB requires the use of multi-factor authentication, or MFA, for all user accounts. MFA requires something you know, such as a password, and something you have, like a mobile phone, for authentication. It is a more secure login method, so frequent password changes are not necessary.

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How to Use Multi-Factor Authentication for the NPDB

This video provides an overview of and instructions on how to use MFA to sign in to your NPDB user account.

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