Can turning on multifactor authentication boost my security hygiene?

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Can turning on multifactor authentication (MFA) boost my security hygiene?

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No. Hygiene is about remediating known vulnerabilities, applying all important patches quickly, and hardening all systems settings by ensuring they match the latest security benchmarks. That said, multifactor authentication is a great thing to do, as it makes your company much more secure – it just doesn’t fall under the heading “hygiene.”

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Dr. Deepak Kumar is the founder and chief technology officer at Adaptiva. He is responsible for strategic product direction and leads the development organization. He was the lead program manager with Microsoft’s Systems Management Server 2003 team and program manager with the Windows NT Networking team. Prior to Microsoft, he was a group manager for IP Telephony products at Nortel. Dr. Kumar has received five patents related to his work on SMS 2003 at Microsoft and has written more than 50 publications, including a book on Windows programming. While at Microsoft, Dr. Kumar also authored the Think Week paper for Bill Gates that became Project Greenwich, now known as Microsoft Office Communications Server/Lync. Deepak is an avid outdoorsman and hiker. For more information, please visit www.adaptiva.com and follow the company on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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