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Keeping Our Data Protected In Dumont


Beginning on January 1, 2022, Dumont began utilizing a security technology called MFA--MultiFactor Authentication.  MFA requires multiple methods of authentication from independent categories of credentials to verify a user's identity for a login or other transaction.  (Example:  a password and a phone). 


The goal of MFA is to create a layered defense that makes it more difficult for an unauthorized person to access a computing device, network or database and provides increased network security to protect personal information of students and staff.  If one factor is compromised or broken, the attacker still has at least one or more barriers to breach before successfully breaking into the target.


As Google plans to make MFA compulsory for Google account holders (as announced on May 6, 2021) all Gmail account holders should consider enabling MFA for added protection.


Currently, MFA has been enabled on Gmail accounts for all staff before logging into their email accounts. Dumont will continue to enhance this security for additional data endpoints as the year goes on.

A weak password is still one of the most common ways hackers break in.
Thanks to sophisticated "brute-force-attack" software readily available online, hackers can try tens of millions of possible password combinations per second. For example, hacking software can guess a five-character password in under three hours. If you only use lowercase letters, it’s 11.9 seconds.
You know you need to have a better password than “password” or “letmein” if you have any hope of keeping hackers out of your computer, but what does a “strong” password mean?
A good password should be at least eight characters long (or longer!) and have a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols that are hard to guess. Using multiple phrases or sentences is even better.  Don’t use dictionary words with proper capitalization because they’re easy to guess (like Password123#). Even though it meets the requirements we just discussed, it’s easily hacked; remember, hackers have sophisticated password-hacking software that will run 24/7/365.