Your first line of defense in all kinds of systems is the password used to get into it. Whether it is a phone, computer, tablet, firewall, wireless access point or third-party service, your password is sometimes considered the end-all, but in reality it is not enough.
I am not talking about Anti-Virus Software, Anti-SPAM software, Anti-Keylogger software, Firewalls, or the many other layers of security that can and should be be tacked onto a network; I am referring to something that can beef up the power of your password.
This extra power is called Multi-Factor Authentication. Multi-Factor Authentication is an add-on software, service, and/or device that proves that when you are typing your password, that it really is you typing the password and not someone who stole your password. JMARK uses various flavors of Multi-Factor Authentication for ourselves and for clients. Sometimes when typing a password a user gets a special code from an app on their phone, or off a device. This code changes every 30 seconds, so it can’t be hacked. This code, along with your username and password proves that you are you; and together they authenticate you to the system or software you are trying to get into.
Had Target, and many others who have experience security breaches, been using Multi-Factor Authentication, their story would have been much different.
We live in a world where security is of the utmost importance. Security discussions need to move from the server room, to the boardroom. Companies can no longer assume that they are too small to be a target, or that the security measures they’ve taken are enough. Things are always changing and it is important to stay ahead of the curve. Multi-Factor Authentication is one big way to do that.
Implementing Multi-Factor Authentication is not very expensive, especially considering what you might be preventing. If you are in the financial services, legal, healthcare, education, or any other business that is a high target or under regulation, contact JMARK to learn more about how Multi-Factor Authentication will protect you.