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Your IT Company Should Help Your Law Firm With 2FA

How secure are your passwords, really?

Despite the fact that passwords are the most direct way to access a user’s private information, most passwords in use today are simply not strong or complex enough. Passwords protect email accounts, banking information, private documents, administrator rights and more – and yet, user after user and business after business continues to make critical errors when it comes to choosing and protecting their passwords.

If you have a law firm IT company that’s responsible for your cybersecurity, then they should be able to consult on your password security. Have they implemented any additional password protections?

Your Law Firm IT Company Should Offer An Extra Layer Of Password Protection…

Two-factor Authentication (2FA) is a superior way to keep your data more secure – have you asked your law firm IT company about it? 2FA requires the user to utilize two methods to confirm that they are the rightful account owner.

There are three categories of information that can be used in this process:

  • Something you have: Includes a mobile phone, app, or generated code
  • Something you know: A family member’s name, city of birth, pin, or phrase
  • Something you are: Includes fingerprints and facial recognition

What are the benefits of a 2FA solution?

  • Bring Your Own Device: In today’s modern business world, more and more employees prefer to do at least some of their work through their mobile devices, which can present a serious security risk. However, with a 2FA solution, you can enroll new employee devices in minutes, given that there’s no need to install an endpoint agent.

  • Convenient Flexibility: A 2FA solution won’t force you to apply the same security policies to every user in the company. Instead, you are given the capability to specify policies person by person or group by group.

How Does A Two-Factor Authentication Solution Work?

  1. User logs into the session with primary credentials.
  2. The session host validates credentials with Active Directory.
  3. Then, it sends credential validation to the cloud via the login app.
  4. The MFA client sends its secondary authentication to the user. User approves.
  5. The MFA client sends approval back to the session host via the login app.
  6. The user accesses their session very securely.

Though 2FA does make it harder for the account owner to access the account, it also makes it difficult for cyber thieves to learn your password. Their job becomes much tougher because they now need to do more than just hack your password. They’ll need personal information about the account owner.

With so many accounts being too easy to break into, hackers are more likely to just move on instead of trying to break through the multiple factor authentication process.

One thing that industry experts warn about is the “set it and forget it” risk. Often, a business will set up the 2FA protocol, but then just assume that everything is well-protected from that point onward. In order to be as secure as possible, all network and internet security require frequent checks to make sure things are still working.

In the end, managing a strict password policy, creating strong passwords, and using password managers can be frustrating, but it’s incredibly important.

If you’re still worried about your password security, especially when it comes to policies in place at your business, then don’t try to handle it all on your own. The Network Heroes team will help you evaluate your password practices and security measures as a whole to make sure you’re taking on any unnecessary risks.

Privacy and security are major concerns for personal users and businesses alike these days, and so you have to be sure that you aren’t making it easy for hackers to access you or your business’ private data.

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