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How Multi-Factor Authentication Bolsters Organizational Security Posture

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In today’s digital landscape, security incidents, and cyber-attacks have become increasingly prevalent. CISA reported that worldwide, consumers lost $358 and 21 hours on average per year, dealing with online crime. Organizations of all sizes are recognizing the need for multi-factor authentication (MFA) when it comes to protecting their sensitive data.

So far in 2023, password management systems have been a main target for hackers. LastPass recently reported a breach in data leading to customer account information and sensitive vault data exposure. MFA provides an additional layer of security intending to deter criminals from gaining access to sensitive data and systems. In this blog article, our experts will lay out the importance of multi-factor authentication that is enforced at the organizational level, and how it deters criminals.

What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a security process that requires employees to authenticate their identity or role at an organization using at least two different methods of authentication. These methods can include:

  • Knowledge-based authentication: such as an additional password or pin
  • Biometric technology: such as a fingerprint or facial recognition
  • Token-based authentication: such as a smart card or USB key

The concept of MFA isn’t anything new – it has been used by businesses and government agencies for years – but with the rise in cyber threats, organizations are turning to this secure approach as part of their overall security plan.

A single point of failure exists with traditional username and password authentication. If an unauthorized user obtains a user’s password, they can use those credentials to access sensitive data immediately. With MFA, even if an unauthorized user were to obtain a user’s password, they would still need to pass the second factor of authentication – which is much more difficult to achieve and often is a deterrent. 

As a bonus, multi-factor authentication also allows organizations to better track employee activity – including logins from unusual locations – which can help them identify suspicious behavior quickly and prevent data breaches before they occur.

New Compliance Regulations: How Multi-Factor Authentication Assists

MFA also helps organizations across all industries comply with regulations and data protection laws, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). These regulations require organizations to take appropriate measures to protect sensitive information and personal data. MFA provides an additional layer of protection to ensure that unauthorized users do not gain access to sensitive information.

Overall, multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an essential component of any organization’s cybersecurity strategy; it helps protect valuable data against malicious actors while providing extra layers of assurance that only authorized people to have access to the system. With its numerous advantages both from a security perspective and a compliance standpoint, there’s no reason why any organization shouldn’t consider implementing multi-factor authentication today.

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