With most workforces currently working remotely, the security of data has never been so important. Your data may still be unsafe even with the most stringent anti-virus software, firewalls, encryption technology, and testing in place. While these security measures protect your IT, it’s important you add an extra layer of protection for your business-critical data, in the form of multi-factor authentication (MFA).
If you are new to the term MFA, it is simply a security system that requires more than one method of authentication to verify the users’ identity. The good news is that MFA is easy to implement and will not break the bank, all while keeping your data out of reach. Here are our five reasons why we should all be using MFA:
1. Hackers are evolving
While it’s essential to maintain secure passwords regardless of the situation, it is simply not enough to stay protected. Cyber-criminals are developing new methods, including phishing (sending emails which look like they originated from legitimate companies to encourage people to reveal information), pharming (using fake websites to obtain information), and even keylogging (installing programmes to track keystrokes make my computers).
In recent years the number of cyber-attacks has risen astronomically, particularly with the broad adoption of remote working. By setting up MFA, you can ensure your data is kept safe and that your business will not be the next victim.
3. Businesses are being targeted
There are plenty of data breach cases that are highlighted in the news headlines. Hackers are no longer just preying on vulnerable individuals. Businesses, specifically those with less than 250 employees, are being ever more targeted.
4. It’s not just data theft
We have all heard of large-scale data theft from renowned companies, but this isn’t always the outcome of data breaches. Once a hacker has access to your data, they can pretty much do what they wish. Your data could be destroyed or distributed, spam or malicious code could be propelled, and they can even alter your services.
MFA may feel new to you, but it’s probably something you already use in everyday life. Do you have a passcode and a fingerprint for your online banking? Maybe you have a password and a code generator for your social media accounts? We have been adopting MFA for a while, and since the awareness of online security is growing, we should integrate it into the office too.
The best part is that your applications or services don’t need to make any changes to use Multi-Factor Authentication. If you’d like to learn more about MFA and how we can help, contact us today on firstname.lastname@example.org.