Did you know that according to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
(CISA), enabling Multi–factor Authentication (MFA) makes you 99% less likely
to get hacked? So, if you aren’t already doing this – today’s the day to enable MFA
on your online accounts. And lucky for you, we are here to give you the tips to get it
Multi–factor authentication is a security method that requires users to provide
multiple forms of identification to verify their identity. Instead of relying solely on a
password, MFA combines something the user knows (like a password or PIN) with
something they possess (such as a smartphone or a security token) or something
they are (biometric data like fingerprints or facial recognition). This multi–layered
approach significantly enhances security and makes it exponentially more difficult
for cybercriminals to gain unauthorized access.
But why is MFA so important after all? No one wants to get hacked, but how does
MFA do such an excellent job at preventing unauthorized access to your firm’s
sensitive data? The benefits of Enabling Multi–Factor Authentication include:
- Stronger Defense: By implementing MFA, law firms can significantly reduce the
risk of unauthorized access to sensitive information. Even if a password is
compromised, the additional authentication factors are a formidable barrier
against potential breaches.
- Protecting Client Data: Law firms handle confidential client data, making them
attractive targets for cybercriminals. MFA provides an additional safeguard,
ensuring only authorized individuals can access sensitive client information.
- Mitigating Phishing Attacks: Phishing attacks, where cybercriminals trick users
into divulging their credentials, are a prevalent threat. MFA can mitigate this risk by
requiring a second authentication factor, rendering stolen passwords useless
without additional verification.
Now that you are on board with the importance of enabling MFA in your law firm,
you may want to know where to start. Here is a helpful list to facilitate adding this
crucial step to your firm’s online accounts:
Identify Critical Systems: Identify the critical systems and platforms that store or
provide access to sensitive information. These may include case management
software, document management systems, email accounts, and client portals or
Choose an MFA Solution: Select an MFA solution that suits your law firm’s needs
and integrates well with your existing systems. Consider SMS–based codes, mobile
authenticator apps, hardware tokens, or biometric authentication methods.
Educate Staff: Ensure that all employees understand the importance of MFA and
how to set it up on their devices properly. Conduct training sessions to educate
staff on the benefits of MFA and provide clear instructions on enabling it for their
Enforce MFA Policies: Make enabling MFA mandatory for all staff members,
especially those with access to sensitive client data. Regularly review and update
your firm’s security policies to reflect the requirement of MFA for all relevant
systems and accounts.
Enabling multi–factor authentication is crucial in fortifying your law firm’s
cybersecurity posture. By implementing this simple yet effective security measure,
you can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized access, protect sensitive client
data, and mitigate the impact of phishing attacks. Don’t wait for a security breach to
take action—prioritize MFA today and safeguard the future of your law firm.
To learn more about additional ways to enhance your law firm’s cybersecurity,
schedule a strategy call with one of BobaGuard’s experienced cybersecurity
advisors. Take the first proactive step towards a safer and more secure digital
environment for your firm and your clients.