Cyber-security is an essential part of risk management for organisations of all types and sizes. To avoid the potential consequences of a cyber-attack or data breach, employers should strongly consider utilising two-factor authentication.
Two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security when employees or other users attempt to log in to an organisation’s services, systems or networks. In addition to being asked to enter a password, two-factor authentication also requires a second form of confirmation—even strong passwords can be stolen by hackers. Without a second form of proof being required, these cyber-criminals could potentially gain access to important accounts, private systems, customer files and other sensitive information.
There are a number of different options to consider when it comes to implementing two-factor authentication, including:
The National Cyber Security Centre recommends organisations at least set up two-factor authentication for any ‘high value’ accounts that protect important information. It’s also recommended that email accounts be protected in this manner. Cyber-criminals who hack into an email account may then be able to use that access to reset passwords for other services.
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