The good news: According to WatchGuard, multifactor authentication, a widely-recommended best practice for keeping uninvited visitors from penetrating protected systems, is about to become standard operating procedure for midsize businesses.
“Whether it’s due to billions of emails and passwords having leaked onto the dark web, or the many database and password compromises online businesses suffer each year, or the fact that users still use silly and insecure passwords, the industry has finally realized that we are terrible at validating online identities,” writes the WatchGuard Threat Lab research team.
The bad news: MFA, at least as it’s commonly implemented today, is about to become a less reliable defense mechanism, according to Joe Jaroch, senior director of cybersecurity strategy at Webroot.
“Simjacking will be a growing problem, making phone numbers even less secure. Numerous services and MFA checks will need to pivot away from using phone numbers and instead use unique IDs and push notifications,” he says.
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