By Andrew DiBlasi, Senior Cloud Engineer
With companies moving more of their resources to the cloud the rise in hacking attempts on Microsoft Office 365 accounts is increasing. Last year Microsoft estimated that there were over 300 million fraudulent sign-in attempts to their cloud services every day. Many of these attacks come in the form of a malicious email asking you to click on an unsafe attachment or to click on a link that looks safe. Hackers embed a false login screen to phish for your credentials as part of these attacks. Once the hacker has your credentials your account is now compromised and accessible to that person.
Many people think that having a long password is safe; however, studies show that even a lengthy password is not enough anymore. To circumvent these breaches Microsoft has been making a push for all Office 365 accounts to be secure with Multifactor Authentication (MFA). If you’re not familiar with MFA, I’d like to give an example you might be able to relate to. When you login to your bank account you are challenged with your password along with security questions or a text message with a security code. With Microsoft’s Multi-Factor Authentication you will be following the same process to your Cloud resources. There are options that won’t require you to have to go through this process at your office locations.
You can contact us to find out more about implementing MFA. If you do, you will not only have an added layer of security but added piece of mind on the protection of your data.