Your IT plan already has many moving parts. You try to prioritize, but when it comes to how each part of the plan relates to the next, you prefer to leave that to your IT service provider.
Then, there are those to-dos that your IT provider recommends, but fall to you to do. One of those is to set up multi-factor authentication, or MFA.
This is a recommendation you’ve heard before. It’s still not done, though. You either think you’ll “get to it” or you haven’t really mentalized it as something that has to get done.
The sobering reality, however, is that if MFA isn’t in place, all the rest of your security measures can be completely bypassed.
If it seems like too much to add to your plat to set up MFA for every account you have, start by identifying the systems that grant access to business-critical data. Add MFA to those first. MFA is an easy addition, so it can be rolled out quickly without any cost in most cases.
Why wouldn’t you do it?
If you still aren’t moving to take care of it right now, here are the 4 reasons why MFA is absolutely essential for your business operations.

1. It reduces the primary source of risk

Weak credentials (or those that have been compromised) are the principal way hackers gain access to your data. More than 95% of web application attacks come in through a compromised password.
Credential theft is the lowest-risk and highest-reward type of cybercrime, and not using MFA makes it even more profitable for hackers.

2. You want your anti-virus system to do its job

You want your anti-virus system and advanced firewalls to be worth the investment, right?
If you leave your system vulnerable to password theft by not using MFA, you’re leaving the front door wide open to intruders. Once hackers are in, they easily disable anti-virus systems and firewalls.

3. Your employees’ passwords are lousy

Think how many employees of yours have passwords like “123456” and “password.” Those, along with “qwerty,” continue to be the most popular passwords used in the business world.
Even 50% of today’s IT professionals reuse passwords across different workplace accounts. The temptation is there for everyone—it’s a drag to remember multiple passwords, so we find shortcuts.
MFA makes this risk less pronounced. Implement it and you can ease up on employees, stop running like a broken record about password security, and beef up the protection without having to count on a mass movement.

4. It increases employee flexibility and productivity

We look for shortcuts like easy-to-remember passwords because it’s a burden to remember multiple passkeys. Even organizations that enforce password policies still leave the door open to lazy password selection if an employee is too busy to get creative.
MFA allows users to sign in by fingerprint scans or single-use codes generated by an app, and it also enables secure remote access. These two aspects of MFA mean employees can work more securely from home and devote less brain power to better passwords.

MFA uses at least two of several checks to verify and authorize user access attempts. It’s natural to see why this is important to the integrity of business data.
Above are the reasons why this simple step is even more important to take now. Contact us for help setting up MFA at your organization.