For those of you who have selected Office 365 as your go-to cloud subscription service for top of the line Microsoft services and tools, security was probably a top concern. If you opened this article because you are curious to learn more about the security aspects of Office 365, specifically Multi-factor authentication, then you have come to the right place. Multi-factor authentication is a popular term that is thrown around in security conversations, but do you know what it is or what it does? We want to make sure you do!
What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?
You might have heard MFA referred to as two-step verification, two-factor authentication, multi-step or multi-factor verification. It all refers to the same idea which is an authentication method that provides access after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence as verification mechanisms. Here are some common authentication methods you might have heard of before:
Security is a funny thing. Too much security and you begin to lose your target audience. Users are required to pause and hop over obstacles to access their accounts. It’s very difficult to implement a high level of security unless every member of the team is equally dedicated to protecting your data. If your security is too low, people may become careless in managing the content and thus creating more opportunity for security failure. Rest assured, multi factor authentication is a simple enough measure to implement and deploy across your Office 365 platform. Start by having the conversation with your end users and allow them to gain the understanding of why this level of security is necessary and what you can do to support them through this process. You’ll have better user adoption by providing context to the changes that will be occurring.
Multi-Factor Authentication Deployment Strategy
All successful deployments come from having a good plan or strategy. Here are a couple tasks to include in your strategy to ensure a successful deployment:
If you are interested in learning more about multi-factor authentication, here is additional official Microsoft documentation. The article contains instructions to enable MFA for your organization as well. If you’d like a walkthrough of MFA in your own tenant, contact Pivotal Consulting to get started. There is always more to learn about security, and we’d love to partner with you to provide context and assistance to a complex topic.
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