Navigating Gartner’s Seven Tracks to MFA Maturity with 1Kosmos

Robert MacDonald

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) stands as a critical defense mechanism. Gartner’s recent report, “Seven Tracks to a Mature MFA Implementation,” written by Gartner analyst Paul Rabinovich, provides a strategic framework for organizations to enhance their MFA practices. This blog post explores the seven tracks and demonstrates how 1Kosmos not only aligns with these principles but also fortifies them through our innovative platform.

Gartner emphasizes the transition from a simplistic checklist approach to a more nuanced risk-assessment-driven MFA. This shift involves evaluating the security needs based on the level of risk associated with various assets.

Track 1: Transition to Risk-Assessment-Driven Strategy

In this initial track, organizations shift from a checklist-driven approach to one that prioritizes risk assessment in their MFA strategy. 1Kosmos supports this transition by providing a platform that dynamically evaluates the risk levels associated with individual assets. Through advanced adaptive risk controls, 1Kosmos ensures that assets deemed higher risk receive more stringent authentication measures, while those of lower risk maintain a balance between security and user convenience.

Track 2: Provide MFA Integration Guidance to DevOps Teams

1Kosmos offers comprehensive guidance and support to DevOps teams to ensure correct MFA implementation for applications. The 1Kosmos platform provides clear documentation, guidelines, and tools for seamlessly incorporating MFA protection throughout the application development lifecycle. By integrating MFA into DevOps practices, 1Kosmos minimizes vulnerabilities arising from improper configuration and ensures the effectiveness of MFA measures over time.

Track 3: Implement Additional Controls to Protect MFA

Recognizing the fallibility of MFA, 1Kosmos integrates robust controls to protect against misconfiguration, bypass, and abuse. Features like SIM Binding augment MFA security by thwarting specific vulnerabilities such as SIM swapping fraud. By continuously enhancing authentication-related processes and incorporating new authentication methods, 1Kosmos ensures that MFA measures remain resilient against emerging threats.

Track 4: Balance Trust, User Experience, and Total Cost of Ownership

1Kosmos prioritizes a balance between trust, user experience, and total cost of ownership when selecting authentication methods. The 1Kosmos platform offers a range of authentication options, including biometrics and mobile-based solutions, ensuring that organizations can implement MFA where it is most needed without compromising user experience. Additionally, 1Kosmos provides comprehensive user training and support to ensure that all user constituencies are equipped to navigate MFA processes effectively.

Track 5: Adapt MFA Implementations to Accommodate Diverse Factors

1Kosmos’s MFA platform is designed to be flexible and responsive to the diverse external and internal factors influencing an organization’s MFA strategy. Whether it involves compliance with evolving regulations, mitigating emerging cyber threats, improving user experience, or integrating with cutting-edge technological advancements, 1Kosmos’s platform adapts to these dynamics, ensuring comprehensive MFA coverage across all applications, data, and systems.

Track 6: Integrate Robust Credential Management Practices

By minimizing reliance on passwords and enhancing credential integrity, the 1Kosmos platform fortifies the authentication process against potential vulnerabilities. Through seamless integration within functional areas like DevOps, 1Kosmos ensures that MFA measures remain effective and resilient against evolving security threats.

Track 7: Implement Advanced Application Session Management Techniques

The 1Kosmos management techniques, including passive behavioral biometrics, fortify MFA implementations against various risks such as Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks. By upholding the security of user sessions throughout their duration, 1Kosmos ensures that MFA measures remain robust and effective in safeguarding organizational resources.


1Kosmos not only aligns with Gartner’s “Seven Tracks to a Mature MFA Implementation” but also enhances them by providing a comprehensive MFA platform equipped with advanced capabilities to address the nuances of modern cybersecurity challenges. Through our adaptive solutions and robust features, 1Kosmos empowers organizations to implement a future-proof and passwordless security environment, supporting the findings and recommendations outlined in Gartner’s report.

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Meet the Author

Robert MacDonald

Vice President of Product Marketing

Robert is the Vice President of Product Marketing at 1Kosmos. He is a highly influential senior global marketer with more than 15 years of marketing experience in B2B and B2C software in the biometric authentication space. Prior to 1Kosmos, Rob managed product strategy and vision for the Identity and Access Management portfolio at Micro Focus, leading a team of product marketers to drive sales and support the channel. Earlier in his career he set the foundation for content planning, sales enablement and GTM activities for ForgeRock. He has also held senior marketing positions at Entrust, Dell, Quest and Corel Corporation.