Something You Know + Something You Have
One of the easiest ways to increase your security profile is to utilize multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA is just like it sounds, more than one form of authentication is required to access a system. In most cases this is your normal login credentials (username & password), as well as an additional form of authentication such as the use of a randomly generated passcode or hardware token.
This is a vital form of additional security for Office 365 users, as access to your O365 login credentials opens the door for someone to not only gain access to your email but also potentially your documents (OneDrive), file sharing (SharePoint) and perhaps your entire VOIP phone system (Skype for Business). If MFA is enabled, despite the criminal having your login credentials, they would most likely not have access to the additional device containing the MFA passcode.
The best part? It’s free! Basic MFA is included with your Office 365 licensing at no extra charge but must be enabled.
Please watch the following presentation by David Lewien, President of Go West IT, to learn more about Office 365 MFA, view examples of how it works and additional considerations to keep in mind. If you are interested in enabling MFA please contact us today at 303.795.2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.