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Multifactor Authentication



Have you noticed how common security breaches, stolen data, and identity theft are these days? Perhaps you, or someone you know, are a victim of cyber criminals who stole personal information, banking credentials, or more. As these incidents become more prevalent, you should consider using multi-factor authentication, also called strong authentication, or two-factor authentication.


This technology may already be familiar to you, as many banking and financial institutions require both a password and one of the following to log in: a call, email, or text containing a code. By applying these principles of verification in the workplace and to more of your personal accounts, such as email, social media, and more, you can better secure your information and identity online!


80% of security breaches involve compromised passwords.


Multifactor authentication (MFA) is defined as a security process that requires more than one method of authentication from independent sources to verify the user’s identity. In other words, a person wishing to use the system is given access only after providing two or more pieces of information which uniquely identifies that person.


MFA should be used to add an additional layer of security around sites or drives containing sensitive information, or whenever enhanced security is desired. MFA makes it more difficult for unauthorized people to log in as the account holder. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) MFA should be used whenever possible, especially when it comes to your most sensitive data—like your email, financial accounts, and health records. Some organizations will require you to use MFA; with others it is optional. If you have the option to enable it, you should take the initiative to do so to protect your data and your identity.


For many of our customers, we recommend using Duo for MFA. Cisco's Duo protects your applications by using a second source of validation, like a phone, to verify user identity before granting access. Duo is engineered to provide a simple, streamlined login experience for every user and application, and as a cloud-based solution, it integrates easily with your existing technology.


Adding multi-factor authentication to your security stack doesn't have to be disruptive to your users. Duo is fast and easy for users to set up, and with several available authentication methods, we can tell you the one that best fits your workflow.


Duo functions like a gateway for your existing and future IT infrastructure, it’s the perfect solution for growing businesses of any size. Contact Us to learn more.



Sources: Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, Duo

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