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Is Multi-Factor Authentication Necessary? 

It seems like stories about a data breach or unethical hacking incident remain a regular occurrence in the news. This situation places the onus on businesses to ensure the cybersecurity of their technical infrastructure – either Cloud-based or on-premises. One way to accomplish this goal involves requiring multi-factor authentication (MFA) when accessing company IT resources. 

When accessing a technical resource using MFA, the system sends a code to users over email or text messaging. They enter this code along with their password to fully login to the application or database. Any business taking a proactive approach to SecOps needs to consider adopting MFA on their technical platforms. Let’s take a closer look. 

Analyzing The Different Types of MFA 

The scenario described above is a form of MFA known as two-factor authentication (2FA). The combination of a password and code sent to a trusted device serves as dual methods for authenticating access. However, true MFA adds one or more factors, typically in a biometric fashion. These might include a facial or retina scan or even a fingerprint. 

Adaptive MFA is another option for companies hoping to make the login process unobtrusive to users. In this situation, the system analyzes different factors, such as the time and location of the access attempt. If it detects something suspicious, it typically requires an extra code (ala 2FA) before permitting the login. 

At the bare minimum, your business needs to consider implementing 2FA. If you question the security of email or text messaging for sending an access code, use an authenticator app. These smartphone apps for Android and iOS send codes to users when trying to access a system with 2FA. It provides an extra layer of cybersecurity which makes sense when trying to secure corporate IT assets.

Why MFA is Critical For Data Privacy and Cybersecurity 

Let’s analyze a few of the most important reasons any business with technical assets must consider adding MFA. 

  • Protect IT Infrastructure Against Weak/Stolen Passwords: Of course, a strong password policy remains critical for any business. However, using MFA as an extra layer of protection helps secure your technical assets whenever a password is stolen. 
  • Enforce a Mobile Device Management Policy: Your employees likely use their smartphones to access online company resources, with a mobile device management policy in place. Again, requiring MFA when accessing corporate IT assets adds an extra measure of muscle to this policy. 
  • Protect Your Network Perimeter: MFA in place provides the means to detect suspicious login attempts more effectively. As such, use it to serve as a warning system for your IT team and/or SecOps professionals. 

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