It’s one thing for tech companies to urge users to enable multi- or two-factor authentication, but now the White House is urging all US organizations to do it because of potential cyberattacks ahead.
Two-factor or multi-factor authentication (MFA) was a concept that needed to be explained carefully to the public a few years ago. It’s an approach to cybersecurity that requires users to sign in to an account with something they physically posses, such as a phone.
Most companies don’t use it, even when it’s readily available, according to previously reported data from Microsoft, because they prioritize easy access to information over security.
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But with the Russian invasion of Ukraine happening now, the US government has now told all organizations that MFA is a must.
“Mandate the use of multi-factor authentication on your systems to make it harder for attackers to get onto your system,” the White House has warned.
The message comes as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ramp up warnings about Russian hacking of everything from online accounts to satellite broadband networks. CISA’s current campaign is called Shields