As of May 2023 Microsoft have forced the adoption of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).
Will you see a difference?
Not if you’re a Net Primates customer. We have ensured MFA is always used as standard since 2020, recognising that it is one of those vital layers of cybersecurity.
Whilst the simple steps involved in MFA are straightforward and take seconds, they do take a small amount of effort, hence why some users have avoided them in the past. Unfortunately, bypassing this step leaves users with an increased likelihood of being hit by a cyberattack.
Whilst no one likes to be forced to do something, sometimes it really is for our own good, and for the good of those around us. If you’re the victim of a cyberattack within your work or domestic life you will not be the only one who is impacted. If within your business, there will be significant implications – loss of reputation, a call from the ICO, decreased productivity, reduced profits, etc… Within your domestic life it could be your family’s savings that are taken. Simply taking the time to enter some straightforward authentication could make all the difference!
Why not rely on passwords?
Passwords alone can sometimes be like a lone hero facing an army of hackers, so that’s where MFA comes to the rescue! Acting as the second factor it’s like a secret handshake only you and your device know, granting you access (and only you!).
What exactly is MFA?
MFA stands for Multi-Factor Authentication, and is one of the security mechanisms used to enhance the protection of online accounts and systems. It requires you to provide two or more forms of identification before granting access, adding an extra layer of security beyond just a username and password combination. Here are the primary reasons why MFA is beneficial:
Increased Security: MFA significantly reduces the risk of unauthorised access to an account or system. Even if someone manages to obtain or guess your password, they would still need the additional authentication factor (e.g., a one-time code sent to your mobile device) to gain access.
Protection against Password Attacks: MFA helps thwart various password-based attacks. Since the attacker needs more than just the password, it becomes much harder for them to compromise the account.
Defends against Phishing: MFA provides an additional defence against phishing attacks. Even if you unknowingly enter your credentials on a fake website, the attacker still needs the second factor, which is not easily obtainable.
Compliance Requirements: Many industries and regulatory standards require the use of MFA to ensure a higher level of security.
Protection of Sensitive Data: In business settings, MFA helps protect sensitive corporate data and intellectual property. It ensures that only your authorised employees or users can access critical information.
Remote Access Security: For remote workers accessing company resources, MFA is crucial. It reduces the risk of unauthorised access when employees are working from outside of your secure network.
Personal Account Protection: Within our domestic lives we can also benefit from MFA to protect our personal online accounts, especially those containing sensitive information like banking, email, or social media.
In summary, Multi-Factor Authentication significantly strengthens your security profile at work and at home, making it an essential tool in the fight against cyber threats and unauthorised access. It adds an extra layer of protection and helps ensure that only legitimate users gain access to your sensitive information and resources. Net Primates have ensured this vital step is taken by all users for the past three years, and Micrsoft are acting now. So, don’t bemoan the extra step – accept that it’s like locking your door when you leave the house – a simple step that’s very effective!
For more information take a look at our explainer video.