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Protect your members’ data with multi-factor authentication

by | Apr 21, 2021 | Membership & Marketing

How can your small association address member and regulatory demands for data security? Multi-factor authentication will get you a big step closer.

Like all of us, your members are concerned about data privacy and security. In fact, the Community Brands Digital Evolution Study indicates that 71 percent of members of professional associations say they worry about data privacy and security.

It follows that protecting your members’ data helps you provide a better member experience. One critically important step toward security is safeguarding your association’s data in your association management software (AMS) through multi-factor authentication (MFA).

What is multi-factor authentication?
MFA is often used for accounts that house sensitive information, such as online bank accounts or medical benefit portals. It’s a secondary method of security (after username/password) on a software administrator login page.

MFA increases the safety of a system’s data by requiring the software user to enter a unique code upon entry of administrator login credentials. Only when the user enters the code provided by the software, which typically is sent to the user via an authentication app or email, will that user be granted access to the system​.

Why multi-factor authentication is important for associations
MFA helps prevent hackers from getting into your organization’s system and stealing your members’ personal data. It allows you to enforce a more secure login process so you can assure your members you’re taking steps toward protecting their data. As an added layer of security, MFA also represents a critically important step toward compliance with data privacy and security regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

How your association can implement MFA
Before implementing MFA, you need a single place to keep you members’ data safe. If your member data is housed in many different places and staff members are sending spreadsheets back and forth, it’s difficult to collect and share data safely. Simply put, it’s time to move away from spreadsheets. Moving your member data and management into an AMS puts all of your member data in one, secure place.

There are many AMS solutions in the marketplace today, with varying levels of data protection. So, be sure your AMS vendor values security and offers MFA functionality.

YourMembership makes multi-factor authentication easy
YourMembership AMS has built-in MFA functionality, so you don’t need an IT team to set it up. System administrators utilize MFA for a more secure login process and reduce the risk of a data breach. YourMembership understands that no two associations are the same. Administrators have the option to choose between two authentication avenues.

Adding this extra layer of security goes a long way toward addressing member concerns about data security while moving toward compliance with data privacy and security regulations.

Protect data with password best practices
In addition to MFA, YourMembership follows password best practices such as using password standards that require uppercase, lowercase, number, symbol, and must not match the previous password. Also, rotate every 90 days and an encrypted and salted password for heightened security.

Learn more about how YourMembership helps you keep your member data safe while providing a great member experience. Explore YourMembership AMS