What is multi-factor authentication and how does it work?
Multi factor authentication (MFA) is used to ensure that the person accessing or logging into software is the correct person by asking for two different verification methods to prove their identity. Its aim is to provide extra layers of defence to make it more difficult for passwords to be compromised and access gained to accounts and information.
MFA is very easy to set up and it entirely scalable depending on your business and its needs. There are more sophisticated tools but also tools that are more affordable – therefore there is something for everyone. If you are stuck with which MFA would best suit your business contact us today and we can help.
Why is MFA important?
Having MFA means that hackers will have difficulty gaining access to your information as they will have to get past a variety of barriers therefore, meaning security risks are reduced and your information is safe. With more people working from home and logging in to accounts using various devices from different locations, it is more important than ever to ensure that you are keeping your information safe.
Additionally, more and more people are moving to Microsoft 365, which means data is available and accessible anywhere in the world online. Due to this we continually see attacks on people’s businesses whereby hackers set up fake Microsoft websites that look and feel like the real thing!
After seeing a fake page (that looks identical to their typical Microsoft login page) users type in their username and password as they usually would and then a hacker can gain access to their Microsoft portal – meaning they can send/receive emails, see, snoop, and even delete files.
The advancement in technology means this can be done easily by cyber criminals, and therefore MFA is extremely important, especially when using Microsoft 365.
What are some examples of MFA?
There are many different types of verification methods, these include:
Knowledge factors which require an answer to a security question or are typically password/code. For example, a PIN for your debit card or password to access an account.
Possession factors means that a user must have access to something physical to access information. This could include, a staff card, key fob, a SIM card, or mobile phone.
Inherence factors include any biological traits that can verify your identity, things including a fingerprint scan or facial recognition.
By using a variety of the above factors, it means that your information is more secure. If you think your business needs an extra layer of security, get in contact with The DNS Team!