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Implement multifactor authentication, urges expert panel

May 15, 2019 / Warwick Ashford

Multifactor authentication should be a top priority for organisations to defend users from cyber attacks, coupled with zero-trust architecture and artificial intelligence-based technologies, says expert panel Multifactor authentication (MFA) is a good place to start protecting employees and customers, a panel of experts has told attendees of the European Identity & Cloud Conference 2019 in Munich. “At the very least, organisations should be using MFA to protect users. Everyone talks about how easy passwords are to defeat as a security mechanism, yet we have a very low penetration level in most organisations of MFA,” said Alex Weinert, program manager at Microsoft. “I would say MFA is the one thing to do to keep users safe if [organisations] haven’t done so already. That would be my first tower of defense when it comes to preventing customers and employees from falling victim to hackers,” he said.