(Updated from September 10, 2021)
You may have heard that you can better secure your people, data, and infrastructure with multifactor authentication. How so? With multifactor authentication, your identity is verified using two or more methods. These methods include something you know, something you have, and something you are. Something you know could be a password, something you have could be a token, and something you are could be a fingerprint or a facial recognition system.
Many organizations are moving towards using multifactor authentication in their applications because of the added layer of security it offers. Most banks and government agencies now require you to use multifactor authentication to access your accounts. So why is this shift happening?
Passwords are easily stolen. The combination of security breaches and people using weak passwords has forced us to turn to another type of authentication. It is easy for a cybercriminal to steal a password, but there is a lot more effort involved if they also need to steal your phone number and fingerprints. Although nothing is 100% secure, multifactor authentication makes it much more difficult for a cybercriminal to access your data.
You can decide whether your organization needs multifactor authentication, but with so many breaches caused by weak or stolen passwords, it makes sense. Multifactor Authentication is a solid first line of defence. Many cloud services come with multifactor authentication built-in, it just needs to be turned on. There isn’t a good reason to avoid multifactor authentication. The risk of account takeover is too great.
If you are looking for advice on how to best utilize multifactor authentication, Quick Intelligence can help. Our experts at QuickProtect will help ensure you have the right solution to keep you, your team, and your business secure.