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  • Writer's pictureJames Dalton, MInstD

Multi Factor Authentication - what is is? why it's important? and why you should enable it NOW

I have seen firsthand the devastating effects that a data breach can have on a business. That's why I cannot stress enough the importance of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for businesses.

MFA is a security measure that requires users to provide multiple forms of identification before being granted access to a system or application. This can include something the user knows (such as a password or PIN), something the user has (such as a security token or a smartphone), or something the user is (such as a fingerprint or facial recognition). MFA is considered a best practice for protecting sensitive information, and businesses that do not enable it risk falling victim to cyber attacks.

One of the main reasons MFA matters is that it greatly reduces the risk of account takeover. Passwords can be easily guessed or stolen, but with MFA in place, attackers would also need to have possession of the user's second form of identification, making it much more difficult for them to gain unauthorized access. Additionally, MFA can also help protect against phishing attacks, where attackers try to trick users into giving up their login credentials. By requiring multiple forms of identification, MFA makes it much harder for attackers to impersonate a legitimate user.

Another reason MFA matters is that it is a cost-effective way to protect against cyber threats. The cost of a data breach can be staggering. By implementing MFA, businesses can greatly reduce the likelihood of a data breach, which can save them a significant amount of money in the long run. Additionally, MFA can also help businesses comply with various regulations, such as GDPR\HIPAA, which require organizations to implement strong security measures to protect sensitive information.

However, despite the benefits, I still see many businesses resistant to enabling MFA. One reason for this may be that they do not understand the importance of the security measure or they may not know how to implement it. Additionally, some businesses may be concerned that MFA will be too difficult or burdensome for their users. But as an expert in the field, I can assure you that with advances in technology, MFA can now be easily implemented and is very user-friendly.

In conclusion, with my experience in IT over the years, I strongly advise all businesses to enable MFA now. Businesses that do not enable MFA risk falling victim to cyber attacks, so it is important for them to take action now. It is an essential security measure that should not be overlooked. The cost of implementing MFA is nothing compared to the cost of a data breach and the damage it can cause to a business's reputation. Don't wait for a data breach to happen, take action now and enable MFA.

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