Cyber risks abound. Whether you are engaged in the public or private sector, whether your organization is large or small, and whether you house highly sensitive data or not, your organization is vulnerable to a cybercrime. Although many tools and processes exist for protecting your organization from a cyberattack, Duo’s multi-factor authentication (MFA) has proven to be the most impactful and cost-effective approach.
What is MFA and Why is it Important?
The rise in the number of work-from-home employees has increased the need for enhanced security protocols to protect a company’s systems and data from malicious cyber activity. One of the ways to safeguard a company’s proprietary information is through MFA. In its essence, MFA is a verification method that provides a security measure well beyond just entering a password.
How Does MFA Work?
MFA works by adding a second (or third) authentication method in addition to a password to protect your company data. For instance, after a user enters his or her username and password, he or she must then input a one-time security code generated by an authentication app (such as Duo) in order to log in.
Why is MFA Important?
MFA is important because it helps protect a user’s identity, which, in turn, protects company data. By adding an additional layer of security, MFA helps prevent stolen passwords, malware, phishing and ransomware attacks (What Is MFA?, n.d.). Because cyber criminals now would need to steal a user’s phone as well as their password, MFA makes it more difficult for hackers to enter the system as someone they are not.
Additionally, MFA is required by almost all cyber liability insurance providers. According to Duo, “Cyber liability insurance providers almost always require that a policyholder has MFA and access control standards implemented as a baseline for coverage” (What Is MFA?, n.d.).
Why Use Duo for MFA?
Many applications provide MFA, but Duo outperforms them in terms of functionality, cost and usability. Simply put, Duo provides our customers with the most flexible and manageable platform in the marketplace. At both user and administrator levels, Duo provides tools that allow us to manage access context, multiple device trust, and single sign-on for multiple applications.
Duo’s multi-factor (MFA) and two-factor (2FA) authentication solutions are easy to deploy and include baseline data access controls, advanced administrative management, and user provisioning for every user (Duo MFA Pricing, n.d.).
MFA from Duo protects your system by requiring users to input a second source of validation, such as possession of a mobile phone or token, before providing access. Duo is designed to deliver a simple and streamlined login process for all of your users and applications. And, as a cloud-based solution, it integrates effortlessly with your existing technology (CISCO DESIGNED, n.d.).
Adding MFA to your layered security approach does not have to be an inconvenience for your users. Duo makes it quick and easy for users to self-enroll, without needing the help of an IT administrator. And, with several methods available for authentication, users have the ability to select the method that works best for them.
Still unsure? Here are more reasons we recommend Duo:
- Duo is deployable in most major apps and only takes a few hours (usually less) to deploy across entire workforce.
- Duo provides flexible authentication options, such as Duo Push and Verified Duo Push, that your company can implement based on its unique users and needs.
- Duo is simple for both employees and admin.
- Duo Passwordless Authentication allows employees to only verify once throughout a specific timeframe set by admin.
- Duo’s Self-Enrollment feature makes it simple for employees to sign up without help from admin.
- Duo is compatible with any existing environment or platform.
- Duo’s Admin Panel makes it just as easy to manage as it is to use.
- Duo MFA is a secure, cloud-based solution that doesn’t require on-premise hardware to work.
- Duo’s various user provisioning options offer quick protection for every user.
At Digicorp, we have been working hard with our customers on layering in this necessary defense for many years. Our experience with MFA has helped us codify what we feel is best practice for the implementation and management of this technology.
Let us help you choose the best approach to protect your company from a cyberattack. Our team is here to aid your business in deciding the necessary security features for your specific price point to keep cyberattacks at bay.
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Duo MFA Pricing. (n.d.). Duo Security. Retrieved October 17, 2022, from https://duo.com/editions-and-pricing/duo-mfa
CISCO DESIGNED. (n.d.). Cisco Secure Access by Duo. Retrieved October 17, 2022, from https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/global/en_sg/solutions/small-business/pdfs/cisco-duo-security-brochure.pdf.
What is MFA? | Multi-factor Authentication and Cybersecurity. (n.d.). Duo Security. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://duo.com/product/multi-factor-authentication-mfa/what-is-mfa