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  • Writer's pictureBen Dampney

Multi-Factor Authentication

Implementing Multi-Factor Authentication on all services can drastically increase your protection from the most common types of cyber threats.

As our world becomes more interconnected, the threats related to cyber security continue to increase.

Malware, scam emails (phishing) and ransomware are on the rise and Australian businesses are not immune to threat.

  • 1 in 3 Australian adults were impacted by cybercrime in 2019

  • $29 bn annual cost of cyberattacks on the Australian economy

  • 61% of executives consider ransomware attacks likely in the next 12 months

  • 62% of small to medium businesses have experienced a cyber security incident

Protect Your Business

Luckily, cyber security doesn’t have to be difficult and there are simple measures you can implement to significantly avoid or reduce your exposure to cybercrime.

Regularly completing these measures can drastically increase your protection from the most common types of cyber threats including:

  • Applying computer updates

  • Backups to offsite, secure locations

  • Multi-Factor Authentication on all services

  • Access Control

  • Complex Passphrases

  • Employee Security Awareness Training

Multi-Factor Authentication

What is MFA?

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a method of authentication to allow access to services. It requires a combination of something the user knows (pin, secret question), something they physically possess (card, token) or something they inherently possess (finger print, retina).

Why do I need MFA?

The multiple layers make it much harder for criminals to attack your business. Criminals might manage to steal one method of authentication e.g. PIN, but they still need to obtain and use the other proofs of identity. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the most common type of MFA.

Where should I implement MFA in my business?

Small businesses should implement MFA wherever possible. Some MFA options include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical token

  • Random pin

  • Biometrics/ fingerprint

  • Authenticator app

  • Email

  • SMS

How do I implement MFA?

Please contact Digit IT on 07 4637 9033 to discuss how we can help you implement MFA and achieve IT Security for your business.

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