New Delhi: Microsoft’s open source software repository Github announced on Thursday that it will require all users to activate one or more forms of two-factor authentication (2FA) by the end of 2023, including more than 7.2 million developers in India. Microsoft completes acquisition of GitHub for $ 7.5 billion.

Nearly 83 million developers contributing with the code will have to enroll in 2FA by the end of 2023 as part of the company’s software ecosystem protection efforts for the entire platform.

“GitHub is committed to ensuring that strong account security doesn’t come at the expense of a great developer experience, and our goal by the end of 2023 allows us to optimize for that,” said Mike Hanley, GitHub’s chief security officer.

Developers everywhere can expect more options for account authentication and recovery, along with enhancements that help prevent and recover from account compromise, the company said.

Compromised accounts can be used to steal private code or to make malicious changes to that code, putting at risk not only individuals and organizations associated with compromised accounts, but all users of the affected code.

“As a result, the potential for downstream impact on the wider software ecosystem and supply chain is significant,” Hanley said. “2FA is a powerful next line of defense; “Despite the demonstrated success, the acceptance of 2FA in the software ecosystem as a whole remains low,” the company said.

“On May 31, we will enroll all those supporting the top 500 packages in the mandatory 2FA. Our latest cohort will be supporting all high-impact packages, those with more than 500 addicts or 1 million downloads per week, which we plan to record in the third quarter of this year, the company said.

To date, only approximately 16.5% of active GitHub users and 6.44% of npm users use one or more forms of 2FA.

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