Area of Focus – Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)
Authentication has changed. It’s not just a user name and password anymore.
If there is a need to authenticate, there should be multiple authentication factors such as something one knows (a password) and something one has (a token), or perhaps an inherent biometric characteristic such as something one is (using a fingerprint, iris scan, voice recognition) or even something one does (perhaps a gesture).
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is commonly used incorrectly as organizations end up using the same factor twice.
Organizations should use multi-factor authentication correctly wherever possible. The more complex the authentication process is, the harder it is for data to be breached. Organizations want to make it complex enough that a user name and password is not enough to assure security from those that seek to bypass their controls.
Microsoft Azure has conditional access. It’s a user name, password and something else, like time of day, the way they do certain things, the way they type, the location where they are logging in from.
Azure Backup data is encrypted during transit and storage, and multi-factor authentication ensures proper identification before critical operations.
There is also the Microsoft Authenticator app for managing managed service account logins, and Windows Hello for easy and secure sign-in to Windows 10 devices. They enable biometric authentications like face/fingerprint to quickly and safely log in across devices, apps and browsers without having to remember passwords.
Setting up MFA for Office 365 is a simple 6-step process.
We recently announced a comprehensive solution to simplify enterprise mobility without disrupting the way companies currently run their IT. The solution is based on Microsoft Azure cloud technology and the browser-based unified workspace solution from Awingu.
Awingu is a safe and simple way to implement BYOD. It offers two-factor authentication, is SSL-encrypted and is auditable. All IT assets remain centrally managed and secure, and no agent installation is required on personal or corporate devices.
WatchGuard Multifactor Authentication
eMazzanti also partners with WatchGuard Technologies for a variety of small business cyber-security solutions.
WatchGuard’s AuthPoint Multifactor Authentication (MFA) is designed specifically to the needs of small and mid-size businesses, which generally regard MFA products as expensive, complicated, and hard to maintain.
WatchGuard addressed all those issues with AuthPoint, bringing a solution that is cost-effective and doesn’t require specialized staff to manage.
Passwords Not Enough
To sum this post up, cyber-criminals now use a variety of methods to guess or steal passwords. Simply put, a password-protected account is not protected enough. We are working to introduce MFA to our partners and all our customers to make their data more secure.
Talking about MFA is a great way to start a security conversation with customers, and a partner like eMazzanti Technologies to support the Microsoft community makes us all a little bit better off. Get started today and join the conversation. @Yonit @Raj @PerWerngren