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The New Kid on the (Ad)Block: Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

Come again?

Don’t let the name throw you. The concept of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is nothing new. And it’s pretty simple when you start using it. MFA requires the password and one more verification code when signing users into Office 365. In short, it’s basically about keeping your email super secure. 

My email is secure. I’ve got a password. 

If only it were that easy. Office 365 email attacks continue to gain popularity, giving those pesky hackers access to a single email account that is then used to spear phish other accounts within and outside your organisation.

And MFA stops this from happening?

Yup.

Sounds too good to be true. Bet Microsoft have made it a pain to set up?

Not really. As technology advances, what has value is our information. Microsoft are well ahead of us all on this – and they’ve done a pretty good job of making it a fairly painless process. Each user will need to be contacted and setup individually, but that’s the only fiddly part.

Define ‘painless process’.

We configure MFA in the Microsoft admin portal, sign each user in and then follow the setup process (add mobile number, set up app password) and check everything is working and show each member of your team the ropes. Simple as.

And this will protect my business? 

Office 365 MFA is super important when it comes to limiting unlawful access to your business system. The adoption of MFA prevents various attacks designed to gain access to your data and account. It strengthens your security and means your business is one step closer to compliance.

Safety first then?

There is potential for breaches through every device, and from every person that comes into contact with your business. The threat is real. It’s an extra security boost for your business.

Makes sense. And if my business does want to implement MFA for Office 365?
We can help. Speak with one of our friendly team members today, we’ll have you up and running in no time.

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