What is multi-factor authentication? Why do I need it? How much does it cost? How big of a pain is it to implement? This article will address all these questions and more, so read forth to better educate yourself on a crucial cornerstone of modern cyber-security.
What is multi-factor authentication?
Multi-factor authentication is the process of using more than one method of authentication to identify yourself as the authorized user for account/system access. Authentication methods are described as something you have, something you know, and something you are. Simply put this would be a combination of an authenticator app tied to your smartphone (something you have), a password (something you know), and a biometric device like a thumbprint scanner (something you are) In almost any case you want to implement two of these factors to secure your account.
Why do I need it?
Enabling MFA on your account makes it almost impossible for a bad actor to compromise and access your account. In fact, Microsoft claims it will make your account 99.9% LESS likely to compromised. That is a huge deal in the ever-evolving world of cyber security. Enabling this feature goes a long way in preventing data breaches, illegal access to sensitive information, and secures your email reputation from sending out spam messages and propagating phishing schemes.
How much does it cost?
MFA is included in practically any service that has a sign-in. The only thing it costs you is the time it takes to set it up, and the few extra seconds it might take to log in to a service.
Getting MFA implemented is easier than you might think. The Spartan team are poised and ready to help you enforce MFA on your services as soon as you decide to take the next step. In most cases, a smartphone is all that is required in order to get the service set up on your accounts. An authentication app can be downloaded, or your mobile number can be utilized to send a text with a expiring access code. Spartan IT will help educate each user on the use of these access methods as well.
MFA is an absolute must in today’s working environment. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the process of giving a big boost to the security of your valuable assets.
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