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Two-Factor Authentication and Why you should be using it.

Privileged information and confidentiality are synonymous with the legal industry. This makes anyone in that industry a prime target for cybersecurity attacks. For law firms, attorneys and corporate counsel professionals, a data breach can be disastrous for the organization. Attorneys have an ethical obligation to protect the client’s data from a breach. ABA’s 2021 Legal Technology Survey reports 25% of the respondents stated that their law firm had “at some time” had a breach. Considering this is the percentage of those who responded, the liability firms are facing is staggering.

All too often these breaches are the result of password related hacks, such as stolen credentials or reused passwords. With more and more people accessing sensitive information remotely, the threat to privacy and security is only growing. So great is the risk around password related cyber-attacks, that multi-factor authentication is becoming mandatory in order to maintain liability insurance. Law firms and other companies with access to confidential information can better secure their systems with simple tools such as two-factor authentication (2FA). While additional defense measure should also be put into place, 2FA is one of the first lines of defense you can take and has been deemed a best practice for all firms. Most liability carriers are requiring 2FA for renewal.

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method in which the user is required to provide two different types of identifications to verify access to information. The types of identification can vary and usually involves a password at the first level and a second level such as a code that is sent to verified mobile device or email account. Other second level verifications can include biometrics such as a fingerprint or facial scan. This operation is intended to better protect both the user’s credentials and data they have access to, and adds an additional layer of security, making it more difficult for cybercriminals to gain access via phishing schemes or repeated passwords that were part of a prior data breach.

What Is Involved in Enabling Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication delivers a strong level of security for your firm’s data and can be easily applied to most online accounts and applications by simply going to security setting and enabling it. This can take some time, and let’s face it, going through the steps of 2FA for every online application and account you have can become frustrating. As frustrating as it may be, make no mistake the process of letting your clients know their information has been breached and suffering the costly loss of time, reputation and revenue is infinitely worse. There are several applications you can use to prevent some of this frustration, while maintaining the defense of 2FA. Both Microsoft and Google have authentication applications you can use to make the process of keeping track your two-factor authentications. These applications make the process much easier, while giving you peace of mind you have taken a necessary step for securing data.

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