Does MFA Have To Be Difficult?

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Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) has been out of reach for some organizations due to the complex integrations and burdensome on-premise management, which has made it hard to implement without a large IT staff and considerable up-front expense. Yet, using stolen credentials to breach network resources is now the #1 tactic* that hackers use; and therefore, MFA has become one of the most important safeguards to protect your business.

Though most employees are not trying to compromise security, you should consider what you can reasonably expect from them given the proliferation of online accounts requiring passwords.  Commonly, 3-6% of employees will use weak passwords and even share them between accounts. These kinds of insecure password practices result in leaked passwords, which are exploited in 81% of cyber attacks worldwide, and 61% of all attacks target businesses with less than 1,000 employees.

To avoid becoming a victim, you need additional proof of identity beyond a simple user name and password; such as is made possible with WatchGuard’s AuthPoint service. AuthPoint delivers multi-factor authentication (MFA) safeguards on an easy-to-use Cloud platform for powerful security with low total cost of ownership.

WatchGuard AuthPoint is the right solution at the right time to provide multi-factor authentication (MFA) security on an easy-to-use Cloud platform. WatchGuard’s unique approach adds the “mobile phone DNA” as an identifying factor to further ensure that only the correct individual is granted access to sensitive networks and Cloud applications.

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About the author

Michael Burke
Principal Consultant at Netier |

Michael Burke brings 15 years of diverse IT expertise to Netier, demonstrated through his technical acumen and consultative skills. Away from work, he enjoys 3D printing, woodworking, and metalwork, as well as spending time with his wife and dogs.

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