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 Duo Security?

Duo Security is a company that provides a cloud-based software service that utilizes 2-step authentication to ensure secure access to services and data. Learn more by clicking here.


What is 2-step authentication?

2-Step 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 2-Step authentication?

Login credentials are more valuable than ever and are increasingly easy to compromise. Over 90% of breaches today involve compromised usernames & passwords. 

2-Step 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 2-Step change my login experience?

When logging in to an application that is protected by 2-Step, you will still enter your username and password. After inputting your login information, you will be required to complete a method of second-factor authentication.

2-Step does not replace or require you to change your username and passwordThink of 2-Step as a layer of security added to your pre-existing login method. 

How do I enroll in 2-Step authentication?

2-Step: Enrolling in 2-Step (DUO) Using a Mobile Device

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OwnerDavid A.GroupUW Stout
Created2018-03-22 07:08:54Updated2019-05-23 07:47:07
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