Multifactor Authorization 4/14/2020

The increasing number of people working from home has resulted in a dramatic increase in security breaches throughout the corporate world. One way to measure those breaches is tracking the reports of ransomware attacks to the FBI. These reports are up a whopping 600 percent since the pandemic caused dramatic increases in work-from-home situations.

What’s a ransomware attack? Criminals break into your network, encrypt all your data and then demand payment to give you the decryption keys. Payments are demanded in a non-traceable crypto-currency, such as bitcoin, vary based on the value of the data stolen and are almost always staggeringly high – but still better than going out of business.

The increase in the success of these attacks is largely attributable to the “backdoor effect.” Remote employees logging into your network’s VPN now expose your internal network to attacks from viruses that may already be lying in wait on your remote employees’ desktops. They can spread through your network and radiate back out to other remote users’ systems.

One of the strongest measures we can implement for our clients is to protect your from these kinds of attacks is multifactor authentication (MFA).. MFA can help protect against theft of account and password information, as long as your MFA device (cell phone or email) are not also compromised. Therefore effective immediately we are implementing MFA to your account with us. This will affect all users of your account.