During a recent announcement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison relating to cybersecurity attacks on Australian Governments and organisations, the Australian Cyber Security Centre urged all organisations to take steps to protect their networks.
Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds said that 'all Australian organisations who might be concerned about their vulnerability to sophisticated cyber compromise can take three simple steps to protect themselves.' One of which, included using Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) 'to secure your Internet access, infrastructure and also your cloud-based platforms.'
Here's what you need to know about MFA:
What is MFA?
MFA is an effective way to provide another layer of security to your networks. Traditional usernames and passwords can be stolen, and have become increasingly more vulnerable to cyberattacks. MFA is the use of more than just the one form of authentication when using your username and password to log into a system. This ensures that the user logging in is who they state they are, and protects your credentials if they are compromised.
How does MFA protect my data and my privacy?
MFA is available at two levels of security, both of which boost your ability to protect your most precious resources – your data and the privacy of your staff and clients.
MFA means that intruders no longer need a username and password to access your resources; there is always at least one more method of authentication.
How can Diamond IT help protect my business?
Diamond IT’s MFA is simple to use and provides vastly improved security with the most trivial cost of time and effort. Once switched on, your employees install an authorised mobile app which they’ll require to log in along with their regular credentials. From that point on, people logging in will be protected by the simple process of confirming the login on the authorised mobile device, preventing intruders from logging into your system with stolen credentials.
What does it include?
Diamond’s MFA includes a secure and robust cloud-based MFA platform with our fully managed services to support your staff on an ongoing basis. Our solution makes security seamless and straightforward, so you can focus on what’s important.
Our scalable, cloud-based platform addresses security threats before they become a problem, by verifying the identity of your users and the health of their devices before they connect to the applications. Since multi-factor requires more than just a username and password to log in, the risk of cybercriminals gaining access to your applications is reduced.
Our MFA uses the principle of authentication through:
1. Something I know (e.g. a user name and password) and,
2. Something I have (an authorised mobile phone app).
Using Multi-Factor Authentication means that if a staff member has had their login credentials compromised by social engineering or data theft, an intruder still won’t have access without the secondary (or tertiary) authentication method.
How can Diamond help?
We can help you ensure your technology, policy and staff education programs align with best practice. Our Business Technology Managers (BTMs) are specialists in improving your internal cybersecurity.
- Cybersecurity awareness training
- Cyber and Data Breach consulting and forensic analysis
- Disaster Recovery (DR) planning
If you need advice on how you can ensure your cybersecurity strategy is fit for purpose, our team of Cybersecurity experts are ready to help. Contact our team on 1300 307 907 today.