Quoted in BusinessNewsDaily: Beyond the Password: Why You Need 2-Factor Authentication

Sue Marquette Poremba, Business News Daily Contributor   |   April 25, 2014 12:39pm ET

While two-factor authentication may sound complicated and cumbersome, Sorin Mustaca, an IT security expert at Avira, said it’s the only way to properly secure critical assets and mobile devices.

“Passwords can be guessed and are very often reused. With so many hacks which occurred, no password can be considered secure anymore. This is why the two-factor authentication is the only way to secure the critical assets of the company,” he said.

For businesses that regularly make remote access to the network, whether through a virtual private network (VPN) or by checking email on a smartphone, two-factor authentication is much safer and more secure than a simple password. Yet, small businesses too often decide not to implement this type of authentication. Mustaca thinks this is due to a lack of understanding about the method, and because businesses take an all-or-nothing approach. Not every situation will call for two-factor authentication, he said.

“Companies should use two-factor authentication to protect assets which are easily stolen and which can be attacked from outside. Any other situation should be properly analyzed, and the risks should be mitigated properly before adding the extra protection,” Mustaca said.

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About the Author

Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since over 20 years in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is CEO and owner of Endpoint Cybersecurity GmbH focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .
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