Cybercrime is one of the most dangerous and increasing challenges for business today.

It can seem complex… malware, phishing, ransomware, hacking… But while the methods cyber criminals use might seem sophisticated, the way they gain access can be quite simple. For example, cybercriminals often target users passwords.

We might think that our passwords are all the security we need but they are often easy to guess, easy to brute force, or easy to steal. Considering that 59% of people mostly or always use the same password or a variation of the same password for everything, a breach across any of the user’s accounts can lead to a serious problem for the individual or their business.

When the Q&A website Quora suffered a data breach last year, up to 100 million users lost personal data that included names, email addresses, passwords and direct messages. Imagine a user who used the same email address and password for their Q&A account as their work email account.

See the problem? Their company is now wide open to a further attack. This is one of the reasons we recommend multi-factor authentication (MFA) to our clients.

Multi-Factor Authentication

Protecting your business comes down to having a good defence against threats like these and Multi-factor authentication should be part of any good business defence.

The most commonly used types of authentication are the very basic username and password. Multi-factor authentication requires users to combine these with one or more additional and independent credentials such as:

  • a randomly generated pass code
  • a phone call
  • a smart card (virtual or physical)
  • a biometric device

With MFA, people that don’t have the username, password and at least one of these other credentials are prevented from logging into your system. It is a powerful defence against cyber attacks even if the user’s username and password have been compromised.

Easy Implementation

Implementing MFA isn’t complicated and expensive. Microsoft Office 356 users can avail of free multi-factor authentication as part of each business subscription. It’s simply a case of having the global admin login, select the users they want to set up MFA protection for and selecting ‘enable multi-factor auth’

It’s that simple.

Protect Earlier Systems

It gets better. Even applications that were created before MFA became standard can be protected by the Office 365 MFA processes.

Once MFA is enabled for any individual user even non-browser systems (for example the old Outlook 2013) are protected, requiring a specific password that allows them to bypass the MFA to continue to use that application.

Need help? Ask the experts.

At DC Networks, our team is completely committed to giving our clients maximum security. Speak to us today and we can help you establish the level of security that’s right for your business, so that hackers and cybercriminals find your business an unattractive prospect.

Contact us at enquiries@dcnetworks.ie if you need help providing your business with extra security, without slowing it down in the process.