Unfortunately, the number of cyberattacks is consistently growing, and many of those attacks target business end users. This means that any account that requires a password for access could conceivably be compromised should attackers gain access to its credentials. At Directive, we promote the use of multi-factor authentication (also known as two-factor authentication or 2FA) to mitigate some of the risks inherent with the use of password-based accounts in the business.
How Multi-Factor Authentication Works
Intuitive security strategies can work wonders in securing your end users’ accounts.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) works to secure accounts by distributing the manner in which access is granted to any password-locked account. One of the largest problems businesses have in securing accounts is the rather pedestrian security the traditional login method provides. Not only can phishing attacks scam login credentials out of unwitting employees, but other hacks can also undermine security, such as brute force attacks where cyber attackers use cutting-edge automation to guess millions of different combinations of usernames and passwords to gain access to accounts.
Multi-factor authentication is important to implement on all password-locked accounts. By taking the password and pairing it with another proof of identity, it becomes far more difficult for an unauthorized user to access a given resource. This proof of identity can take one of a few forms:
- Something you know, such as a password or PIN
- Something you have, like a mobile device or other piece of hardware
- Something you are, including biometric data
By lengthening the sign-in process in this way, it becomes that much more challenging for someone to undermine any account with MFA attached to it.
Let’s Improve Your Business’ Security!
Wolk9IT knowledgeable security professionals can help you deploy the strategies needed to protect your network and infrastructure from the continuous flow of attacks that are targeting networks like yours. Give us a call today at (646) 741-1166 to learn more.