Why You Should Consider a 3rd Party Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Solution

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Multi-Factor Authentication Solution

If you follow our blog, you know we’ve spent a lot of time talking about multi-factor authentication (MFA). Why? In the past year, we’ve seen a significant increase in phishing attacks, particularly targeting Office 365. Industry statistics bear this out as well, with over 85% of organizations being hit with a phishing attack in 2017.

One of the biggest responsibilities ADNET has for our clients is to help protect them and try to prevent security issues from happening. For these reasons, ADNET is now requiring clients to use multi-factor authentication for their Office 365 (O365) deployments.

Evaluating Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Solutions

When evaluating an MFA solution for Office 365, there are several options ranging from Microsoft’s built-in MFA to third party solutions. ADNET chose to standardize on a third-party solution from Duo and we recommend it for most clients over Microsoft’s integrated MFA.

Why Duo over Microsoft?

  • Breadth of Coverage – Duo MFA works with more logins than just Office 365. It can be used with VPN connections, Citrix and various online applications. Having a single MFA solution allows for better security as there is only one console to manage and control.
  • Insight – The Duo MFA console provides information regarding the mobile devices that are used for authentication. For example, we can see (and act on) issues with cell phones that may not have the best level of security in place.
  • Ease of Use – The Duo MFA solution works very well for end users. The app integrates with the various mobile authentication methods – Touch Id and Face Id – as well as working on devices such as Apple Watches. For users who do not have a smart phone, tokens and third-party hardware devices can be used as well.

In the end though, the most important thing is to have MFA. While ADNET advises clients to use Duo, if your preference or budget only allows for the Microsoft MFA, this is still a workable solution. As we go into 2019, MFA will become a bigger part of all access that we use – not just with Office 365, but with the remote access and cloud applications we use on a daily basis.

Tim Weber

Tim Weber

Tim Weber, Director of Security Services, has been with ADNET since 1994. Tim began his career as a Systems Engineer and rapidly progressed into a leadership role as Director of Infrastructure Services in 1999, focusing on the continual growth and development of ADNET’s service delivery team, and on the evolution of ADNET’s delivery model. In 2018, Tim became Director, Security Services, responsible for leading ADNET’s dedicated Security practice.

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