Adding the extra layers of security to safeguard client and company data
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) – or multiple factor authentication – is a safeguard for you to protect you, your company and your client’s data. It is the extra step that can safeguard you from having an attacker access important data.
At BerganKDV, we take many steps to keep client data secure such as patching, employee training, logging, intrusion testing and security tools but the most important is 2FA. This multiple factor authentication utilizes two forms of identification for authentication, usually something you have and something you know. BerganKDV requires 2FA on all our key systems that contain private information.
Why is it important?
You don’t have to look too far to see the negative impact on managed service providers, companies or governmental agencies that have been hit with ransomware attacks. On average, a ransomware incident causes more than six days and more than $50,000 in downtime and related costs.
How is this possible?
The traditional form of account set-up includes a username and password. As attackers have become more sophisticated, they can test billions of passwords every second. And human nature works against us as well, with two-thirds of people using the same password on every account they own – both personal and work-related accounts.
What can I do to better protect my company and my employees?
- Work with a managed service provider who utilizes multiple layers of security for your data, including 2FA. Managed service providers are often allowed remote access to client data and critical systems for your organization. Make sure they are taking the proper precautions to protect your information.
- Implement 2FA for employees to access your company’s sensitive data systems as well as other platforms like Office 365. As technology advances, 2FA has become a more efficient process to setup and could require as little as less than minute out of the day for an employee to get the appropriate verification established.
- Train your employees on how to detect things like phishing schemes and other common ploys used by hackers to gain access to your data systems. Your team needs to be a human firewall for your organization. At BerganKDV, employees participate in monthly online training sessions to make them more aware of how they can better protect themselves and our firm from attack.
These types of challenges will continue to come at organizations because data has become a very valuable commodity for cybercriminals.
How protected is your data?
At BerganKDV, our technology team is here to help you get an idea of the health of your organization’s information security. We offer a free tool and assessment that provides a comprehensive assessment of your current security risks.