Technology Security Alert: The Importance of Multi-Factor Authentication

 

Dear Client or Business Associate:

Cyber criminals have started creating genuine looking phishing emails which are bypassing email spam filters. This is resulting in some users clicking links within the phishing emails and providing their email credentials to unauthorized hackers. Once they gain access to the email accounts they can retrieve any valuable information from the account. They may also impersonate the user by sending emails to the user’s contacts in the hopes of gaining valuable information from their unsuspecting contacts.

For those of you that utilize Microsoft’s Office 365 for email, we highly recommend that you implement an available feature called multi-factor authentication to help prevent unauthorized access to your email account. Multi-factor authentication is a two-step verification process whereby email users receive a code via text message or a phone call that they enter when logging into Outlook to access their mail.

This two-step verification process prevents cyber criminals from gaining access to users’ email accounts even if they have attained login credentials through means of phishing emails as described above. This is especially important for those users that have Office 365 administrative privileges since their credentials can provide access to all user accounts in the organization. It is also crucial if you have regulatory requirements related to security and privacy such as HIPAA.

Please contact LaSalle Consulting Partners by email, or call us at 312-361-3326 if you have questions, concerns, or would like to learn more about implementing multi-factor authentication.

LaSalle Consulting Partners, Inc.

200 W Madison St | STE 940 | Chicago, IL 60606

312.361.3326
www.lpartnersinc.com

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