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To help you raise security awareness among your employees, Partek will be sharing a handful of free resources this month. Cyber attackers know that the people at your organization are your biggest security risk and are the easiest way to create a data breach within your business. We invite you to use and share these resources amongst your staff and workplace to help demonstrate how to better protect your organization from cyber threats.
This week’s focus will be on Multifactor Authentication (MFA):
Authentication, in a security context, is about verifying your identity. You authenticate your identity on a regular basis; When you log into accounts and systems, the information you provide is intended to confirm your status as an authorized user. The problem with single-point authentication—think passwords and PINs—is that they are also a single point of failure. If a password is the only safeguard in place, and that password is compromised … well, then everything is compromised.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA)—also commonly referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA)—has gained steam over the past several years. Technology advancements have made it relatively simple to implement MFA for key accounts, data repositories, and cloud-based systems. But there is another driving force behind MFA adoption: Password theft and successful credential compromise attacks have skyrocketed.
MFA enhances security by requiring two or more pieces of information—that is, multiple factors—during the authentication process.
There are three key factors in MFA:
Organizations often require employees to provide multiple forms of authentication for assets like virtual private networks (VPNs) and cloud-based systems. Many websites and applications have also implemented MFA—but it is often left up to you to enable it. When it’s an option, always opt for MFA – it is well worth the few seconds it adds to your login process.
Here are three reasons you should always take advantage of MFA when it’s offered: