What is 2-Factor Authentication?

2-factor authentication (2FA), also referred to as multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an extra layer of security protection for your sensitive, personal university data.

How does MFA work?

With MFA, you need “something you know” (NetID/password) along with “something you possess” (hardware token, passcode, phone, or message from a device you have set up with Duo).  When you log in to a system requiring MFA, you will need to authenticate that it is you with a push notification, passcode, or text message on the device you set up with Duo.

Why do I need to use MFA?

MFA will protect both you and the university from unauthorized access to your personal data stored in the university's enterprise systems.  MFA provides a second layer of security to your University account making it difficult for an unauthorized person to access your information.  MFA provides better account protection than merely using a password.  If your password is stolen or compromised, having MFA set up will require the thief to also have possession of your registered device in order to access your account. Merely having your pin and password is no longer enough to change your personal information.

What system is used for MFA?

The University of Illinois has selected Duo, an industry leader in cybersecurity services, to provide Multi-factor Authentication or 2-factor authentication (2FA) services.  It is a cloud-based service that will help secure your account and the University’s sensitive data. 

Do I need to enroll in MFA?

Currently, you are required to use Multi-factor authentication (MFA) if you access any of the applications that require it for login or are part of a group that requires it. If you would like to add the additional layer of security to your account, you may enroll through the NetID Center.
Note: Once enrolled, you will not be able to remove this feature from your account. You will be required to use MFA for any applications that require it. More applications will utilize MFA moving forward.

The University of Illinois has over 100 current MFA integrations related to IT functions that do not have a large campus impact.

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