Updated: Sep 24, 2021
Hi!! I'm coming to you from the home office today. I know that many folks have already transitioned back to the work office, and it's great to see everyone returning to a more normal routine. But I must admit; I do enjoy the short commute and fresh coffee that comes with working from home. (Not to mention the fuzzy slippers!)
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella often states that US businesses accomplished two years of digital transformation in two months because of the pandemic. When the first wave of shutdowns started, a significant effort went into setting up VPNs and keeping everyone connected. Now, 18-months later, many of those changes have become a permanent part of our workplace.
No matter what we do, Zoom meetings will never, ever go away.
This new way to work for many businesses includes a greater reliance on cloud services such as Microsoft 365. Envisioned well before anyone heard of COVID, these services are specifically designed to support a mobile workforce. (Remember the pre-pandemic slogan, "Enable work from anywhere at any time from any device") Today, organizations are still reacting to changing conditions and dictates, and cloud services provide the flexibility that businesses need to keep going.
The downside of making business data available to remote employees is that this data may now be accessible by the bad guys. So, with all the goodness associated with cloud services, businesses must take precautions to protect data from cyber-attacks.
The best way to protect cloud services is to implement multifactor authentication or MFA. MFA adds an extra layer of security when authenticating an account. Anyone that uses online banking is familiar with the process. After verifying a user name and password, a text with a security code is sent to the user's phone. Then, a user must enter the security code to access the system successfully.
MFA is very effective at preventing hackers from compromising accounts. MFA can block over 99.9% of account compromise attacks. Every user of cloud services should have MFA enforced on their account. Without MFA, someone in your account will get hacked; it's just a matter of time.
If your organization utilizes cloud services, we recommend engaging a technology consultant to ensure your data is adequately protected. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CMA Technology at 706-860-1997. We will be happy to review your current environment and make sure your business is protected!