Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)​

Simple and effective⁠—MFA verifies users are who they say they are.

Why is Multi-Factor Authentication Important?

At ITPartners+, we believe every organization should have a MFA solution.

We all know that one co-worker (and if you don’t… it might be you!) that has their passwords synced across all of their accounts and *gasp* pasted right in a word document or on that sticky note that’s long lost it’s stick, and man… does that make us sweat! When it comes to keeping your business secure, the easiest line of defense is Multi Factor Authentication. Help your entire team “keep bad guys out of your email” with Duo!

+ Implementation

We’ve helped many partners through implementation of multi factor authentication with DUO. During setup we help you make decisions regarding security and structure that will boost the productivity, safety, and happiness of your users.

We will also help educate your team on today’s common threats and the importance of MFA.

Security as easy as 1, 2, 3

LOGIN    …….    CONFIRM    …….    DONE!

Adding multi factor authentication to your security strategy doesn’t have to be disruptive to your team. Duo makes it fast and easy for users to set up, and with several available authentication methods, they can choose the one that best fits their workflow. No headaches, no interruptions — it just works.

Strong passwords aren't enough anymore.

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What Threats Does MFA Protect Against?

stolen credentials

A traditional password can be used by anybody who gets their hands on it, but MFA or 2FA validates the user with a second device after a password is entered.

Brute Force Attacks

In a brute-force attack, a hacker randomly generates passwords for a specific computer until they land on the correct sequence. 2FA’s second layer of protection requires a login attempt to be validated before granting access.

Phishing Attempts

Hackers will often send emails that include links to malicious websites designed to either infect a user’s computer or convince them to enter their passwords. 2FA fights phishing by adding a second layer of validation after the password has been entered.

 

Social Engineering

Hackers will often simply manipulate users into giving up their passwords. By posing as an IT professional at the user’s company, they can earn the trust of the user before asking for login credentials. 2FA protects against this by validating the location and IP of every login attempt after a password has been entered.

Key Logging

Even if a user hasn’t written down their password, hackers can use malware to track and copy a user’s password as they type. Hackers track every keystroke and store the password to be used later. The second layer of validation in 2FA lets a user ensure that the login attempt is their own, even if their password has been compromised.

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Which industries should be using Multi-Factor Authentication?

Hint: it’s all of them, but here are a few that prioritize MFA

Healthcare organizations are concerned about securing patient data and personally identifiable information (PII). They also need to meet a number of compliance requirements, including HIPAA, PCI DSS, HITRUST, Joint Commission standards and NIST standards.

The healthcare industry must also securely enable their clinicians and physicians to access patient data, at any time, anywhere – sometimes from their own personal devices. Duo’s 2FA solution allows them to secure this data beyond traditional firewalls.

With an annual U.S. GDP totalling $2.5 trillion, the retail industry is comprised of more than 3.6 million retail establishments. As the nation’s largest employing industry, remote attacks have become increasingly more prevalent and difficult to prevent. Similarly, security solutions are becoming increasingly important for retail as information technology adjusts to a perimeterless environment.

2FA allows retail companies to authenticate the identities of users accessing their networks through remote desktops and personal mobile devices.

Current IT modernization initiatives are challenging government agencies to implement big changes to their infrastructure at an uncomfortable pace, as they look to accommodate the shift to cloud and mobile. An ideal security solution needs to account for both protecting users and rolling out on a realistic but still workable timeline.

2FA technology assists federal agencies as they put forward zero trust policies for the millions of end users who need access. Two-factor authentication provides a balance between strong security and usability.

Education institutes manage vast amounts of sensitive user data involving finance, healthcare, PII, and more. This valuable data has historically made institutions prime targets for hacking and malicious breaches of security.

Colleges and universities use 2FA to secure the mobile devices and personal computers of students, faculty and staff. Securing these devices helps combat malicious actors by authenticating the identity and location of every login attempt.

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of security breaches involve compromised passwords

2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, Verizon – via DBIR Interactive

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of automated attacks blocked when MFA was enabled

2019 Microsoft Report

Hey guys Chad McDonald here, director of project success here at ITPartners+

Just wanted to take a minute to talk about Multi Factor Authentication. It’s a really important piece of your overall security strategy. What it does is help keep the bad guys out by adding an additional layer of authentication into your logins. 

Besides just the username and password you now need a token that an employee holds to prove who they are 

Really the reason why that’s so important is because a lot of entry into environments is being made through compromised credentials. Something that is out there on the dark web or something that just wasn’t really very strong in terms of the length of the password to begin with is now an open door for an attacker to get into your environment and do some serious damage and so multifactor really helps with that by adding an additional layer that has to be met in order for someone to login.

Really the thing we like the best is leveraging our partnership with Duo to really give you a great strong front door presence with blocking those malicious attempts but also the ease of use that’s important for employees to be able to adopt a technology like that. Many people are worried that it might compromise their workflow, not let them get their work done,stand in the way of them continuing to be productive and Duo really eases all of those concerns by their ease of use with their product being able to very quickly get people enrolled and also very quickly do those authentications when their needed

So that’s a partnership here that we’ve had for several years. We really enjoy that product, we’ve implemented it a ton for our partners and we’d love to be able to do that for you, as well. So if that’s something that you’re interested in, want to hear more about it, want to see how it works, get a live demo please feel free to reach out to us, give us a call, send us an email or even hit us up on social media we’d be happy to engage with you in that way and see what we can do to make your organization stronger. Thanks a lot and have a great day.

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