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What is 2 Factor Authentication (and why should you use it)?

In today's digital age, cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important concern for businesses of all sizes. From large corporations to small startups, everyone is at risk of a cyber-attack.

As the world becomes more connected, cybercriminals have more opportunities to access sensitive information and cause significant damage. That's why multi-factor authentication (MFA), which is also known as 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) is such an important line of defence against these threats.

So, what exactly is MFA?

In a nutshell, MFA is an authentication process that requires more than just a password to access an account. Instead, it combines something you know (such as a password) with something you have (such as a smartphone) to verify your identity.

By requiring multiple forms of identification, MFA makes it much more difficult for cybercriminals to gain access to sensitive information.

Why is MFA so important?

Consider the following scenario: you have a strong password for your email account, but a hacker is still able to crack it. With a traditional username and password setup, the hacker would now have full access to your email and all the information contained within.

However, if you were using MFA, the hacker would still need access to your smartphone or another device in order to complete the authentication process. This extra layer of security makes it much more difficult for hackers to gain access to sensitive information.

Now that you understand the importance of MFA, let's talk about how you can implement a policy for your business.

First and foremost, it's important to educate your employees about the importance of MFA and the risks associated with not using it. Encourage your employees to enable MFA on all accounts that offer it, and consider implementing it company-wide for added security.

Next, consider which MFA methods you want to implement.

There are many different options available, including SMS, email, security keys, and mobile apps. You'll want to choose a method that is easy for your employees to use and that offers a high level of security. For example, security keys are considered one of the most secure forms of MFA, but they may not be practical for all employees.

Finally, consider how you will manage and enforce your MFA policy.

Will employees be required to use MFA for all company accounts, or just for certain sensitive information? Will you provide security keys to employees, or will they be responsible for obtaining their own? Will you monitor usage and enforce consequences for employees who don't comply with the policy?

These are all important questions to consider when creating your MFA policy.

In conclusion, multi-factor authentication is an important line of defence against cyber threats.

By requiring multiple forms of identification, it makes it much more difficult for cybercriminals to gain access to sensitive information. By educating your employees, choosing the right MFA method, and implementing a solid policy, you can help protect your business against the ever-increasing threat of cyber attacks.

If you'd like to know more about MFA or the many other practical ways you can dramatically reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime, get in touch today.

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