Multi-Factor Authentication (2-Step): Getting Started

To improve our security posture, we will be incorporating Duo Security as a 2-step authentication solution into our existing IT infrastructure.

What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Multi-Factor authentication provides a second layer of security to any type of login, requiring extra information or a physical device to log in, in addition to your password.

By requiring two different channels of authentication, we can protect user logins from remote attacks that may exploit stolen usernames & passwords.

The factors may include:

  • Something you know: a unique username and password

  • Something you have: A smartphone with an app to approve authentication requests

  • Something you are: Biometrics - like your fingerprint or retina scan

Why do we need Multi-Factor Authentication?

  • Login credentials are more valuable than ever and are increasingly easy to compromise. Over 90% of breaches today involve compromised usernames & passwords. 
  • Multi-Factor authentication enhances the security of your account by using a secondary device to verify your identity. This prevents anyone but you from accessing your account, even if they know your password.

How will Multi-Factor Authentication change my login experience?

When logging in to an application that is protected by Multi-Factor, you will still enter your username and password. After adding your login information, you will be required to complete a method of authentication.

Multi-Factor does not replace or require you to change your username and password. Think of Multi-Factor as a layer of security added to your pre-existing login method. 

How do I enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication?

Microsoft Authenticator: Enrollment Using a Mobile Device

Multi-Factor Authentication (DUO): Enrolling in DUO Using a Mobile Device (Phasing out)

How do I use Multi-Factor Authentication?

Multi-Factor Authentication (Microsoft Authenticator): Logging in Using Authenticator (Mobile Device and FOB)

Multi-Factor Authentication (DUO): Logging in Using DUO (Mobile Device and FOB)  (Phasing out)

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