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It’s Time to Use MFA Personally and Professionally

Updated: Oct 11

Article Written by: Julius Caten

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) and Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a “security technology that requires multiple methods of authenticationfrom independent categories of credentials to verify a user's identity for a login or other transaction.”*

MFA makes it much harder for the average cybercriminal to gain access to your computer, smart phone, or online account. MFA should be used on every account possible whether it be personal or business accounts.

Here are a few reasons why it is important to use MFA for personal accounts:

  • Protection against ransomware attacks

  • Protection from unauthorized bank account access

  • Protection from unauthorized ATM account access

  • Protection from unauthorized smart phone access

  • Protection from making unauthorized purchases through online retail accounts

Here are a few reasons why it is important to use MFA for business or building accounts:

  • Prevent former employees from accessing company networks and servers

  • Protection against ransomware attacks

  • Protection from unauthorized access to online systems such as email, billing or banking accounts, and remote access systems

  • In the Operational Technology (OT) world, MFA reduces the likely hood of an unauthorized user from taking down your

  • Building Management System

  • Lighting Control System

  • Access Control System

  • Camera System

Here at 5Q, our 5Q Cyber team is focused on commercial real estate OT and IoT systems. Unfortunately, our team frequently sees systems without MFA even though it is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to prevent a multitude of cyber-attacks. Failing to require MFA across an organization creates thousands of vulnerabilities that bad actors can easily access to install ransomware or other forms of malware.


To learn more about how 5Q Cyber can help your organization adopt multi-factor authentication, reach out to us at info@5qcloud.com. To learn more about the services our 5Q Cyber team provides, visit 5qcloud.com/5q-cyber


Sources:

*https://www.techtarget.com/searchsecurity/definition/multifactor-authentication-MFA

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