Multi-factor Authentication for Faculty & Staff: Beginning Mid-September

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 10:21 am.

LITS is pleased to announce a major enhancement to our Information Security program. Beginning now with early adopters, and throughout the fall with the full community, we will implement multi-factor authentication for many of the College’s online services.

Multi-factor authentication strengthens information security at Bryn Mawr College while maintaining the openness we value. We are implementing this service at the recommendation of the Information Stewardship Council, Board of Trustees, and in collaboration with Haverford College.

Timeline

  • August 2018: Early adopters
  • Mid-September 2018: Faculty, many staff, and some student employees
  • November 2018 – January 2019: All remaining Bryn Mawr College students, faculty, and staff

Watch for more information from LITS in early September. You will receive additional instructions before you are enrolled.

How Does it Work?

Multi-factor authentication protects against account hijacking by providing an extra layer of security beyond your username and password. Many popular online services including online banking, email, file storage and sharing, and social networks offer this option. The idea is to make sure the person accessing the account is actually you. Using multi-factor authentication requires some changes in behavior, but the practice is already widespread and becoming the norm at higher ed institutions.

The College is using Duo, a simple and effective multi-factor authentication service in use by many of our peers. Once enrolled in Duo, you will be required to authenticate twice to many of the College’s online services. First you’ll use your username and password as you always have, then you’ll use a second factor of your choice such as a push notification to your smartphone or a telephone call.

Services include:

Note: at this time you will not need to use Duo when logging into a College computer.

How can I learn more?

Duo provides a brief overview video that explains the service, as well as an even shorter demo video for Duo MobileLITS will provide additional documentation in early September.

You’re welcome to contact the Help Desk with questions at any time (help@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7440).

Further reading:

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