More kinds of user authentication options are available today than ever before\u2014two-factor, multi-factor, mobile, push, tokenless, biometric. That\u2019s the good news. But if you\u2019re not careful, it can be bad news, too. No one wants to get off on the wrong foot with a solution that forces you to choose between security and convenience, strands users on \u201cislands of identity,\u201d limits your options for the future or trips you up in some other way. Before you get on the road to authentication, be aware of these potential hazards and take care to avoid them.Security vs. ConvenienceA good authentication solution shouldn\u2019t cut corners on security to give users the convenient access they\u2019re looking for\u2014or vice-versa. If you choose one that sacrifices security, you\u2019ll find yourself at risk for a breach or a compliance violation. If you choose one that sacrifices convenience, you\u2019ll slow down users who are eager to work productively. And that goes double for privileged users. You need a solution that combines privileged user management with convenient and secure multi-factor authentication, so you can reduce the risk these users create and also provide them with convenient access to all the resources they need to do their jobs.Limited Authenticator OptionsToday\u2019s users are as likely to be working remotely as they are to be in the office, and as likely to be accessing cloud resources as on-premises applications and services. To serve them effectively, you need a solution that offers a variety of authenticator options. One that provides multiple paths to convenient, secure authentication across all the environments to which users need access. And also one that makes it easy to move from, say, mobile push to hardware tokens to biometrics and back again.\u201cIslands of Identity\u201dWhen you have a mix of on-premises, cloud and mobile applications, it\u2019s easy to end up with disconnected silos of identity information we call \u201cislands of identity.\u201d If there\u2019s no single convenient way to securely access resources across them, you\u2019ll end up with users having to navigate multiple access processes. That\u2019s likely to leave them frustrated enough to resort to just using the same password for everything. And that can put the security of the entire organization at risk.No Support for Legacy or Future NeedsAn authentication solution\u2019s long-term value lies in its ability to work with current infrastructure as well as support future requirements. Beware of one that doesn\u2019t work with the legacy firewalls, security applications and VPN capabilities you already have in place\u2014or worse, doesn\u2019t easily scale to support more users, locations and types of devices as your organization grows and changes.The road to authentication that proves both secure and convenient can be rough. But if you avoid known hazards along the way, you can pave a smooth path both for the team that\u2019s charged with securing it and the people who are using it every day. Download this infographic to learn more about the most common authentication pitfalls and how to avoid them, so you can stay on the path to secure, convenient access for all.