Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
Keep your users, credentials, and identities secure and safe
What is MFA and Why is it Needed?
Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA, sometimes referred to as two-factor authentication, is a security feature that allows you to authenticate into a system by presenting two types of evidence or credentials to prove your identity. Your credentials might fall into any of these three categories: something you know (like a password or PIN), something you have (like a smart card or phone), and something you are (like your fingerprint).
The reason that using MFA is so important is underscored by the vast number of hacks that have taken place over the past few years, where bad actors have gained access to personal information. Not only passwords were stolen but also social security numbers, as well as answers to common secret questions. Once your username is known, a password dictionary attack can be performed to try each of these passwords to attempt to gain access to your data.
Identity theft is an easy, low-risk, and high-reward type of crime and a threat to businesses and firms of all types and sizes. It is the fastest-growing type of crime and is now even more profitable than drug-related crimes, according to authorities. Weak or stolen user credentials are a hacker's weapon of choice, used in most web application attacks.
Anti-virus systems and advanced firewalls are necessary security elements, as are vulnerability tests, but without securing user authentication, the front door is wide open to intruders. Also, password theft is continually evolving as hackers employ various methods including keylogging and phishing hacks. Once in, cybercriminals do more than merely steal data as often they destroy data, change programs or services, or use servers to transmit propaganda, spam, or malicious code.
Vicom for MFA and Your Office 365 Environment
You get a version of MFA as part of your Microsoft Office 365 E3 and above subscription, but we find that many firms either 1) don't realize that they have it or 2) they have it but aren't sure what to do with it or how to get it enabled or 3) they aren't sure if the version that is included with their O365 subscription will meet their needs. This is where Vicom can help.
Vicom has been working with clients for years to address the growing security concerns that companies are experiencing, and our expertise in this area can help you to understand your options and technology capabilities to allow you to improve your overall security posture.
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