An executive order making 2FA a legal requirement
As data breaches continue to plague organizations both large and small, it's become increasingly clear that stronger security measures are needed to protect sensitive information. One of the most effective ways to do this is by implementing two-factor authentication (2FA).
On May 12, 2021, US President Joe Biden issued an executive order making 2FA a legal requirement for all government agencies. Federal agencies like the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency were given 180 days to implement 2FA protection for all data.
This mandate is a major step forward in protecting government data from cyber criminals. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide two different forms of identification before being able to access data. This could include a combination of a password and a PIN, or a biometric identifier like a fingerprint or iris scan.
The mandate is also a good reminder for businesses of all sizes to consider implementing 2FA for their own data protection. While 2FA can add an extra layer of security, it's important to remember that it's not foolproof. Cyber criminals are always finding new ways to circumvent security measures, so it's important to stay up-to-date on the latest threats.
If you're not already using two-factor authentication, now is the time to start. Implementing 2FA can help you protect your data from cyber criminals and comply with government mandates.
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