Multifactor Authentication

Should Water Treatment Facilities Allow Remote Access?

Should water treatment staff be allowed to remote login to monitor systems?  This is becoming a hot button issue with the Oldsmar breach in February and the recent indictment of a man accused of tampering with the Ellsworth County, Kansas treatment plant in 2019.  In both of these cases, the accused was able to tamper …

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7 Ways to Secure Staff Working From Home

Working from home just might be here to stay.  A Gartner study from April 2020 says that 74% of employers would like to make 5% of their workforce work from home permanently.  25% said they would like to move 20% of their workforce to remote positions.  Employees seem to feel the same way as their …

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Is it Time to Stop Relying on SMS for Multifactor Authentication?

Multifactor authentication is a way of authenticating to a device or software with a password plus another factor, usually one-time code or biometrics.  The easy way to think of it is “something you have and something you know.” The most common form of multifactor authentication involves SMS messaging. After entering your password (something you know), …

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3 Ways to Avoid Phishing Email Scams

Phishing scams have been around for a long time. Phishing emails work often enough that there is no reason for scammers to stop.  Indeed, there was a real increase in COVID-19-related phishing scams at the beginning of 2020. These scams will continue, as users are still looking for COVID-19 vaccine information. So, what can you …

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Why Passwords are a big Problem

Passwords are everywhere! We need them to access workstations, mobile devices, social media and ecommerce.  The trouble with passwords is that they are weak when it comes to securing all of those things.  You may have heard of brute force or password spraying as forms of attacks a hacker might use to gain access to …

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