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Multi-Factor Authentication: An Effective Security Solution

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By Scott Hergenrader

Did you know that 80% of data breaches are the result of lost or stolen credentials?

The Colonial Pipeline ransomware crisis of 2020 resulted from a single compromised password used for remote VPN access.  Your employees are the backbone of your company and are your greatest asset, but unfortunately, they are also your largest liability when it comes to preventing a network security breach.  It just takes one simple end-user mistake to cripple a business’s network.  End user education solutions like KnowBe4 are excellent tools to help keep your employees aware of modern tactics the bad guys are using to infiltrate networks.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) enhances your organization’s security by requiring your users to identify themselves by more than a username and password.  Microsoft recently estimated that accounts using MFA are 99.9% less likely to be compromised. While MFA solutions of the past may have been cumbersome for IT staff to deploy and maintain, many of today’s solutions are cloud-based and are much easier to integrate into your applications and network access systems. Additionally, MFA solutions can be deployed for a fraction of the cost of the average data breach.

I encourage anyone concerned about network security to spend time evaluating MFA solutions and end-user education offerings.  End user education offerings like KnowBe4 give you the ability to find out how many of your users will fall victim to your own elaborate (yet harmless) phishing campaigns.  Multifactor Authentication solutions are proven to be an effective security measure against stopping data breaches within businesses of any size.  Free short-term trials are available for most MFA solutions to help demonstrate the added security capabilities and ease of deployment.

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