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CISA Warns of Office 365 Remote Cybersecurity Risks

May 01, 2020
a woman's hand is seen using a password authentication app near her laptop on a blue background

The rapid transition to remote work has upended the apple cart for many companies’ IT staffers and planning. In the rush to provide remote access to applications and data that workers need to do their jobs, companies have increased their reliance on the cloud-based convenience of Office 365 without taking into consideration potential cybersecurity risks and mitigating them properly. 

CISA (U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) released updated guidance warning of the potential for infiltration by cybercriminals if organizations overlook cybersecurity best practices in their haste to be fully operational with a remote workforce. The top solution on their list to prevent adversary attacks? Multifactor authentication. 

Multifactor authentication is one reason why employing a secure identity and access management solution like Passly is the ideal choice to quickly, effectively, and affordably throw up a barrier between your data and cybercriminals and it’s easy to see why: 

  • No matter how good anyone’s training in safe password habits may be, people are inevitably going to make mistakes. MFA mitigates the risk of human error providing the bad guys with stolen or cracked passwords. 
  • Administrator passwords instantly become less risky. One of the biggest treasures that a cybercriminal can acquire is an administrator password for a company’s systems. While administrator logins are a necessary evil, MFA means that they’re not a master key for the bad guys anymore. 
  • Stolen passwords lose their power when you use MFA. Even if cybercriminals are able to get employee passwords through successful phishing attacks, if you’re using MFA, those passwords aren’t going to give them a way in. 
  • MFA secures systems and data anytime, anywhere. Home and public WIFI networks are much less secure than most office networks. No matter where your workforce is logging in, adding MFA provides a crucial layer of security between bad actors and the heart of your business.  
  • Enabling MFA ensures compliance. Most major industries as well as federal and state governments require MFA for data privacy compliance. Even in industries where it isn’t a requirement, it’s a strong recommendation and a best practice to prevent a data breach. 

Multifactor authentication is the best and most and cost-effective way to upgrade security for your remote workforce.  Passly is the perfect choice to provide MFA to immediately secure systems access for a remote work environment and mitigate the potential risks that organizations can face from increased reliance on cloud-based infrastructure like Office 365.