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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 14. Access Control (MFA)

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and while we don't think that cyber awareness is something to cover just once in the year, we think it's a good opportunity to publish some information that can be used all year round.
Awareness Day Fourteen: Access Control - Multi Factor Authentication
Awareness Day Fourteen: Access Control - Multi Factor Authentication and password control

We have several articles covering password security and access control:

We also have a Password Best Practice Area.
Drip Feed posters: 
pdf Create a strong password - DOs and what to avoid
(121 KB)

pdf Keep it strong - keep it long (132 KB)

The recent Microsoft Digital Defence Report states: 
How can we protect against 99% of attacks?  Basic security hygiene still protects against 99% of attacks. Enable multifactor authentication (MFA), apply Zero Trust principles, Use extended detection and response and antimalware, keep up to date, and protect data. Outlier attacks make up just 1%.  How effective is MFA at deterring cyberattacks? A recent study based on real-world attack data from Microsoft Entra found that MFA reduces the risk of compromise by 99.2 percent.

Full Report: Microsoft Defence Report 2023