Multi-Factor Authentication Implementation For Students

Multi-Factor Authentication Implementation For Students

University IT Services will be implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all UWM students starting in late October.

Multi-factor authentication is part of UW System’s information security policies and was implemented for faculty and staff in the fall of 2019.

Some details on the implementation include:

  • There will be a 2-week window for students to enroll in multi-factor authentication from Oct 28-Nov 11, 2020.
  • They will be prompted to enroll when they log into Office 365 (email). On Nov 12, 2020, MFA will become mandatory. They will not get locked out of their account if they haven’t enrolled but will have to enable MFA the next time, they access Office 365.
  • Although faculty and staff already have MFA through our vendor Duo Security, students will be using Microsoft’s MFA as it is integrated with Office 365, offers app-friendly features, and is cost-effective for the University.
  • There are 3 authentication methods available to students: receiving a code by text message, receiving a notification via the mobile app, or getting a phone call to verify.

Updates about the implementation for students will be regularly added to the MFA webpage.

Story posted Sept. 30, 2020