Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a cost-effective way of protecting your organisation.
95% of security breaches are due to cyber attacks and human error. MFA reduces the possibility of those breaches occurring by raising account security standards across your services.
But not all authentication types are equal. Some factor types are less secure than others. Choosing the right authentication solution with comprehensive security policies is essential to ensure MFA is effective.
Why MFA is critical
Multi-factor authentication should be part of any account security standard in 2019. Any service that does not offer or require two factors of authentication to login, are not secure.
Businesses are suffering significant losses due to accounts being compromised. Attackers will monitor compromised email accounts for weeks and months, then substitute real financial details for fake details. Making off with a difficult-to-trace payoff.
Multi-factor authentication is a method to prevent unwanted logins and one way to become aware of remote login attempts.
How it works
You're likely familiar with some sort of multi-factor authentication, e.g. receiving a text message code when logging in to a service. We explain how the different type of factors that can improve your security here.
This video from the Wall Street Journal also demonstrates how MFA can be improved.
You can see if a website supports MFA using the database at this link (non-exhaustive list).
We know how MFA works
Multi-factor authentication has been across some of our systems for years, but in 2018 we made it mandatory at Sentrian.
MFA solutions have matured, ensuring compatibility with most software platforms that require account login details.
We can create, implement and enforce authentication policies to match your security requirements. Addressing concerns as remote access and implementing authentication for practice management software, Office 365, email, messaging apps, VPN access and more.
Your Sentrian Client Services Manager can discuss best practice authentication and how we can help implement it at your organisation. Contact your CSM here.
For improving your account security generally (including personal accounts), here are some of our guides on Sentrian Help:
- How to create a secure password
- How to get started with two-factor authentication
- How to start using a password manager
For further reading on account security standards, we recommend Troy Hunt's article located here.
This article was written with assistance from our Senior Systems Engineer Alex Uhde.