What is Multi-Factor Authentication and why should you care?

What is Multi-Factor Authentication, or MFA?

Well, it certainly doesn't have to be complicated, and it will help secure your systems.

MFA is an authentication method in which a user is granted access only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of information to authenticate. Passwords are not enough security in today’s digital age. Email Phishing, Spear Phishing, Data Breaches, Malware, and Trojans are all trying to steal your passwords and gain access to accounts.

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What does it do?

MFA, when properly implemented, allows almost to eliminate those risks. In the first half of 2019 alone, 4.1 billion records were exposed. With those kinds of numbers, your information will likely be exposed at some point.

It is no longer a question of if, but when you will be affected.

If you have been lucky enough not to be affected by one of these breaches yet, do not think you are out of the woods. Do you use a different password for each system you access? Or are you one of the almost 52% of people that re-use passwords across services? MFA solutions, like DUO, let you sleep at night knowing your accounts are protected.

Oh, and do not settle for SMS based MFA if you do not have to. Security experts have been warning SMS based MFA has serious security implications for years now. It is not as hard as you would hope to intercept an SMS message, and your MFA has been effectively bypassed. With DUO’s Push technology, you can be assured the request is only going to the device you want it to. It even works with your Apple Watch, if that is your thing. I am still waiting for my Garmin to catch up!

With 80%  security breaches involving password compromise, you need to have another layer of protection.

Let us help you get it setup today!