You Can’t Just Rely On Passwords
With the growing threat of external cyber-attacks aimed at compromising businesses, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) provides a critical layer of security.
MFA ensures that only authorised users can gain access to your important documents, accounts, computers, and other sensitive resources, even in the event an attacker gains access to an employee’s password.
Instead of just asking for a username and password, MFA goes further to establish user IDs.
How Does MFA Work?
MFA is the most popular and easiest way to ensure entry to your business IT network is secure.
Whenever multi-factor authentication is activated on an account, each time a user attempts to log in from a different device, an authorisation check will be sent to the user.
The additional verification can include:
- Something the user knows such as a password, PIN, or answers to personal questions such as “Where were you born?” or “The name of your first teacher.”
- Something the user has such as Google Authenticator (an app on your phone) or SMS text message with a code
- Something which establishes the user’s identity such as a fingerprint or other biometric verification
With MFA, a potential compromise of just one of these factors won’t allow access to the IT system. So, even if your password is stolen or your phone is lost, the chances of someone else having your second-factor information is highly unlikely.
Using MFA for services such as Apple ID, Google, Microsoft and secure websites is as simple as turning it on.
Think Technology Australia actively encourages the use of strong passwords by our business clients throughout Australia and overseas. We also recommend they integrate passwords with MFA to provide the best protection of their IT networks.
Over 80% of data breaches can be prevented with a combination of strong password management and multi-factor authentication.
Authentication can be applied to cloud applications, VPN access, digital workspaces, and custom or legacy apps.
Need assistance setting up MFA for your business? Contact us.