Email hacking is not just on the rise — it is rampant.
If you’ve been tuning into the news of late, you may be well aware of the intense publicity surrounding the exposure of hacked emails during the current presidential campaign.
Right now hundreds of millions of hacked user names and passwords for email accounts are being traded throughout the cybercriminal underworld, according to global security experts. Stolen online account credentials are to blame for more than 30 percent of big data breaches, according to a recent survey of over 300 computer professionals by the Cloud Security Alliance.
Don’t end up on WikiLeaks… Get Multi-Factor Authentication in place today.
Becoming a victim of email hacking can be an embarrassing situation at the very least. In much worse cases we have seen email hacking lead to the theft of millions of corporate dollars, grand scale identity theft, and arguably the most damaging – ruin of brand reputation and trust.
Hilltop Consultants recommends taking a proactive approach by implementing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) also known as “Two-Factor” authentication for email and data access. Multi-Factor Authentication provides a higher level of security than the traditional scenario where just a username and a password are required (often called “something you know” security). One kind of multi-factor authentication requires users to enter a code provided via a phone call, text message, or an app notification on their smartphone after correctly entering their username and password. Only after this second authentication factor has been satisfied is a user allowed access (“something you know” plus “something you have”).
Compromising multiple authentication factors presents a significant challenge for attackers. Even if an attacker manages to learn a user’s password, it is useless without also having possession of the trusted device. On the other hand, if the user loses the device, the finder of that device will not be able to use it unless he or she also knows the user’s password.
The advantages of having Multi-Factor Authentication for your data include:
- Cyber-attack prevention – data is more secure and harder to hack
- Improved data access management
- Immediate awareness of attacks
- Can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud
- Also works with most cloud platforms including Microsoft Office 365 and Dropbox Business
- Cost (and reputation) savings
Hilltop strongly recommends increasing the security of email accounts for our clients. Multi-Factor Authentication, while not entirely foolproof does make it a hundred times harder for someone to try to hack your email account(s). Adding Multi-Factor Authentication to your email accounts will greatly reduce your risk of ending up on WikiLeaks (or worse).
How do I get Multi-Factor Authentication in place?
If you are already a valued client of Hilltop please reach out to your Account Manager for next steps. If you are interested in becoming a client of Hilltop Consultants, you can either fill out our contact form, or feel free to give us a call at (202) 846-6838.