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Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

What Is Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a security mechanism in which a user is granted access only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence, or factors.  These factors usually include knowledge, something the user and only the user knows, and possession, something the user and only the user has.  A good example of MFA is the process of withdrawing money from an ATM; only the correct combination of a bank card, something the user possesses, and a PIN, something the user knows, will allow the transaction to be carried out.  Another method of MFA is to supplement a user-controlled password with a one-time password (OTP) or code generated by an authenticator, usually an app on a smartphone that only the user possesses.

Why Do We Need Multi-Factor Authentication

The simple answer: To make it hard for crooks to get into your account! 
The bad guys have lots of ways of stealing or learning your password, and they want your account to steal from you or others. There is a huge black market online for selling usernames and passwords because they lead to very important things (bank accounts, health information, credit cards, behavior, etc). If a criminal steals your password through phishing or other means, they are much less likely to get into your account if MFA is in place.

The Benefits of Multi-Factor Authentication

The primary benefit of multi factor authentication is that it provides additional security by adding protection in layers. The more layers/factors in place, the more the risk of an intruder gaining access to critical systems and data is reduced. By adding a personal, time-sensitive factor to the authentication process, would-be hackers are stopped in their tracks, even if they have a user’s password. This, of course, also has the added benefit of peace of mind for enterprises, knowing that their sensitive data is made safer by an additional security layer. A second benefit of multi factor authentication is being able to achieve the necessary compliance requirements specific to my organization which in turn mitigate audit findings and avoiding potential fines.

If you're interested in MFA, and you'd like more information, you can visit the page below to learn more about the process.

If you'd like to setup MFA for your Olivet email account, click the link below to get your account ready and choose to opt in.