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How Microsoft Modern Office Multi-Factor Authentication Can Help Secure Your Business

As your business continues to adapt and work from home, your team’s security should continue to be a top priority. Whether it’s navigating unprotected home internet networks, using personal devices for work, or practicing the best digital safety practices, security in a remote workforce can be difficult to maintain.

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With Microsoft Modern Office Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), you can have greater peace of mind and security for all your employees and their information, as well as your company’s data.

Passwords can be easily compromised. MFA immediately increases your account security by requiring multiple forms of verification to prove your identity when signing into an application. In this guide, we’ll break down what Modern Office’s MFA is, some of its special features and benefits, and how WheelHouse IT can help your business implement this crucial security measure.

What is Modern Office Multi-Factor Authentication?

Multi-factor authentication is a security measure that is increasingly commonplace among online services and applications—and it’s much more than a password. With MFA active on your Modern Office programs, you provide multiple forms of identification to ensure that only the right people can access the platform.

MFA (or 2FA) can help ensure that your accounts are 99.9% less likely to be compromised. You can create a free account for your business and enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to prompt users for additional verification, as well as provide employees with secure access to all their integrated apps with a single sign-on from any location or device—a crucial feature for remote work.

These safeguards prove your identity and help secure your organization, protecting you from security breaches caused by lost or stolen credentials, as well as other accidents.

How Will Modern Office Multi-Factor Authentication Benefit Your Business?

When employees are working from home and potentially not using company devices, security risks are heightened. Here are a few ways that MFA can minimize those risks and keep your business’s security strong.

Control Who Has Access

With Microsoft’s MFA measures, you can approve sign-ins from mobile apps using push notifications, biometrics (such as thumbprints or face scanning), or one-time passcodes. You can also edit or change passwords using two-step verification.

Windows 10 Integration

Modern Office’s MFA also gives you the option to replace your passwords with two-factor authentication (2FA) on Windows 10 PCs. Like we mentioned above, this means you can use a credential associated with your device along with a PIN, fingerprint, or facial scan to keep your account safe.

Login With Other Tools

You can also sign in without using a username or password through the use of an external USB, near-field communication (NFC), or other external security keys that support Fast Identity Online (FIDO) standards.

Modern Office’s MFA features can also automatically generate a one-time password (OTP) based on open authentication (OATH) standards from a physical device. You can use Microsoft Authenticator or other third-party apps to generate an OATH verification code as a second authentication form.

Smartphone Access

With Microsoft MFA, you can receive a code on your smartphone via SMS or voice call to edit the security of your account’s passwords. This gives you another means of accessing your account, which is useful if you’re on-the-go or do not have your computer nearby.

How Can WheelHouse IT Help Your Business Implement Multi-Factor Authentication?

At WheelHouse IT, we want to see your business succeed in these uncertain times (and beyond). We have a dedicated and experienced team of managed IT professionals who can help you navigate this new, modern workplace and help you implement Microsoft Modern Office and MFA for your business as you continue to work from home.

Work with a team that is knowledgeable and has experience with Modern Office by getting in touch with us today. Microsoft Modern Office Multi-Factor Authentication makes maintaining the security of your accounts, devices, and employees simple as you continue to work remotely—and WheelHouse IT has the experts to help you implement it effectively.

Let’s work together to make sure your business remains as effective, productive, and secure as possible.

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