Multi-factor Authentication Launches for Early Adopters

Posted August 20th, 2018 at 1:35 pm.

LITS is pleased to announce a major enhancement to our Information Security program. Beginning now with early adopters, and over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year with the full community, we will implement multi-factor authentication at the recommendation of the Information Stewardship Council, Board of Trustees, and in collaboration with Haverford College.

We will be rolling out 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.

What is multi-factor authentication?

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.

How will it affect me?

The College is currently implementing 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:

  • Office 365
  • Slate
  • Off-campus access via the VPN

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

When is this happening?

Groups of Bryn Mawr College community members will be enrolled in the Duo multi-factor authentication service over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, beginning with those who have access to sensitive data.

You will receive specific instructions before you are enrolled in Duo.

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 Mobile.

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

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