Privileged user access increasingly requires Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to comply with regulations as well as to ensure that only authorized human users access privileged accounts and systems versus malware or bots trying to impersonate your IT staff.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) helps safeguard access to data and applications by:
- Maintaining simplicity for users.
- Providing additional security via a second form of authentication.
- Delivering strong authentication.
- Offering a range of easy to use authentication methods.
It sounds complicated, but in reality, this protocol is easy to implement and will drastically reduce the likelihood of your business being held to ransom over encrypted data.
It’s extremely effective in stopping many types of cyber-attacks, which can render most businesses incapacitated for several days.
How does it work?
We enable MFA on all if not most, of your web-based IT services. This includes Office 365 and Google Workspace, to name the most common.
Once enabled, you will be prompted to sign in as normal to your online cloud services with an additional verification check in the form of notification to your mobile device.
Why does this protect me?
It’s simple all the phishing emails that currently get through many firewalls and filters don’t include that third level of authentication.
If you or a colleague mistakenly hand over your email address and password to a cyber crook, there’s no way for the scammer to gain access to your IT systems without the mobile phone verification.
What other benefits does this have?
The most obvious is the fact that even with a username and password, a cyber crook can no longer gain access to your IT systems, but it also helps reduce the complexity requirements for passwords and expiry times.
You can now keep your passwords for longer and make them much easier to remember.