Why it’s time to enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an essential requirement to ensure your business is fully protected and follows best security practices. 

MFA will add an extra layer of security to your business as passwords alone are no longer enough. If only a password is used and for example, this password has been exposed elsewhere or is weak, then this would leave an area insecure and open to attack.  

As an experienced IT support company, we always like to keep our customers up-to-date with the latest products and highly recommend MFA to be implemented across all businesses. 

Multi-Factor Authentication enables IT admins to rest a little easier, knowing that they have deployed a security strategy that protects the company's platforms and users alike, thus reducing complexity while ensuring access and boosting the flexibility of remote workers. 

Benefits of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

An experienced MSP like Custard can help you enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to prompt your business users for additional verification. 

  • Protect your identities and your business 

Enable MFA or Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to ensure your business accounts are up to 99.9% less likely to be compromised. 

  • Use MFA across applications 

Provide your users with secure, seamless access to all their apps with single sign-on from any location or device. 

What is MFA?

Your passwords can be easily compromised. MFA immediately increases your account security by requiring multiple forms of verification to prove your identity when signing into an application. 

MFA requires a second form of authenticating a password, such as a code via text, app or phone call. 

  1. Login to Office 365 with their username and password 
  2. A unique code will be sent to their mobile phone 
  3. They must enter this unique code to login to Office 365 
  4. ...it's that simple! 

By setting up applications such as Microsoft Authenticator, you can approve sign-ins from a mobile app using push notifications, biometrics, or one-time passcodes. Augment or replace passwords with two-step verification and boost the security of your accounts from your mobile phone. 

Why use MFA?

  • MFA is more secure than passwords 

In most identity attacks, it doesn’t matter how long or complex your passwords are. Compared to password attacks, attacks which target non-password authenticators are extremely rare. Based on studies by Microsoft, your account is more than 99.9% less likely to be compromised if you use MFA.  

  • Some types of MFA are stronger than others 

Make sure your credentials for high-risk accounts are resistant to phishing and channel jacking. Look at working with your MSP to build a long-term authenticator strategy which hinges on channel independent, verifier impersonation resistant authenticators like Microsoft Authenticator, Windows Hello and FIDO.

  • Passwords are making you vulnerable 

Single-factor authentication opens up a massive attack vector - one that could and should be easily prevented. Protect your business from common identity attacks with one simple action – working with your MSP to implement Multi-Factor Authentication. 

Why make MFA a priority?

Learn why your password doesn’t matter, but MFA does. Jake OrridgeTechnology Training Specialist at Custard, discusses how you can increase your Office 365 security and prevent your systems from being compromised by enabling multi-factor authentication. 

Book onto our free webinar “Understanding Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)” today to find out how to setup MFA within your business, as soon as possible.

Get started with Custard

If you’d like to speak with our IT support experts at Custard and find out more about implementing multi-factor authentication within your business, give us a call on 0800 001 4148 or email us at [email protected].