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How to Block Access by Country

This year’s election was marred with stories of Russian hacks. Whether or not you agree that the hacking and leaking of information had any substantive effect on the outcome of the race, we can all agree that many foreign hackers may feel emboldened by the results. Following the elections, Russian hacking group Cozy Bear immediately targeted NGOs and think tanks with phishing emails.

In fact, we here at Duo are seeing a very dynamic shift in conversation among our customers. More and more customer concerns are starting to focus on the importance of blocking unauthorized access from foreign countries, in particular- Russia and China. In our recent Techvalidate survey, 43% of our customers value the ability to block access based on location the most in Duo Access.

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We think it is critical that your organization take preemptive steps to protecting yourself from unauthorized access. With Duo Access, we make it easy to set a policy to enable this. In a matter of minutes, you can prevent unauthorized access from any location.

All you need to do is to navigate to the policies tab in your admin panel and edit your organization’s policy. Under User Location, choose to block access from the Russian Federation and/or China (or any other country for that matter):

Once done, you can hit “Save Policy” and have it effective immediately. With this policy in place, you can be assured that all access attempts to your Duo-protected applications are coming from the right location.

User Location Policy

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