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Importance of Using Multi-Factor Authentication

What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

In the past year, there has been a significant uptick in cyberattacks against individuals and companies. In addition to maintaining a heightened sense of awareness of the potential threats that we face against our data and possible monetary losses, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is one of the best protection against bad actors.

Multi-Factor Authentication is the process of identification by asking the user to verify two or more characteristics that are unique to that user. There are typically three different characteristics that are used as factors in the authentication process: something you know, something you have, and something you are.

For example, you might have a text code sent to your phone to log in to your email. Alternatively, you may have to provide a fingerprint or participate in facial recognition technology to enter a building.

Multi-Factor Authentication infographic

Why is Multi-Factor Authentication Important?

VisiCom Services offers a myriad of safeguards to your systems in addition to MFA; antivirus software, network firewalls, encryption technology, and vulnerability testing. However, the sobering reality is that if MFA is not in place, these other security measures can't prevent certain breaches.

When implemented correctly, MFA can be one of the most effective tools to help protect against attacks on cloud email or apps. It adds a critical layer of protection against compromised credentials; one of the most common types of breaches. Without MFA it is more difficult to identify who the user truly is, since passwords may be easy to guess, crack, or steal.

Additional reasons to use MFA whenever possible:

  • Identity theft is an easy, low-risk, high-reward type of cybercrime and a threat to all businesses. It is the fastest-growing type of crime.
  • Weak or stolen user credentials are hackers' weapon of choice, used in 95 percent of all web application attacks.
  • Headlines tend to belong to big-name companies, but they are not the only companies being targeted. Of all targeted attacks, 31 percent are aimed at businesses with fewer than 250 employees.
  • On average, a single cyberattack can cost a small business more than $200,000 according to Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report.
  • Password theft is constantly evolving as hackers employ methods like keylogging, phishing, and pharming.
  • Cybercriminals do more than merely steal data. Often, they hold your data ransom, extort companies by threatening to release sensitive data, or use cracked systems as part of a botnet, to send spam or house malicious code.
  • Employees are already accustomed to authenticating themselves in their personal lives, as providers of online services like home banking, gaming, social media, and email have all adopted mobile-based tools to effectively authenticate their users when accessing their systems.

How Can Visicom Services in Rochester Hills, MI Help?

With the increase of cyberattacks on organizations, it is no longer enough to rely on password strength as your only layer of protection. Although MFA is not bullet-proof, it has been proven to decrease the likelihood of a data breach due to compromised passwords.

The best practice is that every organization should take an inventory of their applications (cloud & on-premise), determine if MFA is an option, and enable it. MFA has low complexity, which makes it an easy addition. It can be rolled out quickly and cost-effectively.

If you would like to discuss how we can help reduce your cybersecurity risks, please contact Visicom Services at or call us at 248-299-0300.

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