According to Security Intelligence, with brute force attacks the standard eight-character password can be cracked in 8 hours – even with numbers and special characters. This is why we recommend passwords that are at least 12 characters long. Many organisation’s IT departments are also looking to use multi factor authentication (MFA) processes to protect your organisation and keep systems safe.
With the growing popularity of MFA on work devices, hackers have taken notice and are attempting to exploit vulnerabilities in these systems. Recent data shows that the MFA technique of using a recovery phone number stopped 100% of automated bot attacks and most phishing attacks.
Here are some ways you can work with your team and utilize MFA to prevent cyber attacks:
- Talk to your employees about MFA protocols and warn them about the exploitable vulnerabilities that hackers may try to use to gain access.
- Use a reputable password manager. We recommend Bitwarden.
- Ensure remote employees are following IT department protocols to secure their home-based devices.
MFA is just one piece of a critical plan to secure your organisation’s network and data. Integrating these technologies is important, but should not be relied upon as the only way to prevent malicious cyber attacks. Talk to us today to learn more about our top-notch cyber security services and assessments, and see how we can work with your organisation’s leadership and IT department to ensure your systems are secure.