Cybersecurity is vital as hackers try to exploit small-to-medium sized businesses. Your accounts need an extra layer of protection so that your data does not fall into the wrong hands. This is where multi-factor authentication can be beneficial. Multi-factor authentication requires two or more pieces of evidence before a user is granted access to a protected account, folder, document, or device. A real-world example of multi-factor authentication is at the ATM. The user must present both the debit card and enter the right PIN.
With cloud storage, applications, and email becoming commonplace, the ease of access brings a greater risk that your company’s information could be penetrated by the wrong individuals. When sensitive business accounts and databases are secured only by passwords, the data is at risk, even when the passwords are complex and changed frequently. An additional layer of security is required in the event that passwords are compromised.
Multi-factor authentication creates more work for the hackers, and more opportunities for various defenses to protect your network. For example, if someone is trying to invade an employee’s email account, guesses the password, but then needs to enter a randomly generated code that went to your employee’s phone or workplace computer, the hacker will most likely move on to invade a less-protected network. In addition, the employee will be notified that someone is trying to access their account and will prompt the employee to change their password. Multi-factor authentication gives you greater confidence that the people accessing your network are the intended parties.
There are many products that provide additional layers of protection to a network. It is time-consuming and can be confusing to properly review all of the options. Many factors need to be considered with implementation, including potential limitations and problems, possible conflicts with other systems or applications, company culture, communication and messaging, training and educating the end-users, just to name a few.
Setting up multi-factor authentication can have unforeseen issues and complexities, and is best handled by IT professionals who have the expertise and skillset to implement the best-possible solution for your business in a comprehensive way. The upfront investment into cybersecurity defenses can make all the difference when hackers strike.
Somerset has the experience and cybersecurity expertise you need to ensure your network is as secure as possible. Contact us today to talk about next steps.