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With hacking and cyber threats on the rise, a single password can’t be your company’s only defense. Two-factor authentication has become more popular on every platform, and your employees should be using on their work devices and applications.

The Business Benefits of Two Factor Authentication

Teaching your employees how to reduce cyber security risks with two-factor authentication is important. On top of changing their password every few months, they must input a security code every time. But this not only protects business data, it also protects their personal information.

 

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Here’s some info to share with reluctant users: a study by Symantec show that 80 percent of data breaches could have been eliminated with the use of two-factor authentication, thanks to the combination of requiring something an employee/user knows (like a username and password), something they have (a token, etc.), and something they are (a fingerprint, behavioral pattern, etc.). They won’t be able to argue with those numbers!

How to Reduce Cyber Security Risks with Two-Factor Authentication

At its most basic two-factor authentication requires users to confirm that they are who they say they are. That way, even if someone has access to another user’s password, it will be much harder, if not impossible, to gain access to a system or account.

Many people are familiar with the one-time password approach to two-factor authentication. Banks, social media accounts, and a growing number of services use this option. Once a user has entered a password, they will be sent a one-time password or code to the number or email address they specify. Users must enter that code to fully access the account, so malicious users cannot get in. The password is the first factor, and the one-time code is the second.

Another option in some cases is specific the computer or device as trusted and not requiring two-factor authentication. Many platforms also can detect if someone is trying to log in from an unusual or unknown location or device and require the one-time code.

Businesses and users with very strict security requirements may require more complex authentication, like biometric scanners recognizing physical features like a fingerprint, face, or retina. While that may sound little futuristic, your cell phone probably already requires a fingerprint or face scan in order to unlock or pay within an app.

Physical security keys are another second factor growing in popularity as it moves from the realm of tech companies to the general public. After putting in a password, users insert a security key via USB port to gain complete access. Users who employ this method do need to make sure they have the key in their physical possession.

Whatever method you choose, for yourself or for your business or organization, two-factor authentication is fairly simple to implement but brings with it a whole host of advantages that go beyond simple security.

Be Proactive with Your Cyber Security

As cyber-attacks continue to rise, everyone is asking themselves how to reduce cyber security risks. And two-factor authentication provides that solution, especially for accounts with sensitive data. Having strong security in place is vital on both a personal and on a business level, but it does even more than slowing down attacks.
Two-factor authentication is a way to be proactive about security as you seek to reduce cyber security risks. Relying on just a password typically means that users only know their account has been breached after it happens, when it may be too late, or very difficult, to recover the account and the information contained within. With two-factor authentication, users will receive the one-time code and immediately know that someone has attempted access to an account via a password. They can then take other steps to strengthen the account such as changing the password to something new.
As a business if you implement two-factor authentication you are showing your clients that you care about data privacy and you take it seriously. This simple step goes a long way.

Let US IT Services Teach You How to Reduce Cyber Security Risks

US IT Services will guide you as you bring two-factor authentication on board for your users, as well as assisting with any other cybersecurity needs you may have. Our expert team will keep you current with security best practices and remind your team of the importance of keeping data secure.

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