Launching Summer 2020, Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365
Passwords aren’t as strong as you might think! As the number of cyberthreats on the web increases, many organizations and businesses are utilizing multi-factor authentication (MFA) technology to help keep their sensitive information safe.
Multi-Factor Authentication for Microsoft Office 365
In order to better protect you, your data, and our campus network from security threats, multi-factor authentication for your Office 365 account will be available June 1, 2020! Though it will be optional at this time, we highly recommend opting in for added security. Once MFA is enabled, you must use another verification method along with your username and password to sign in to your Office 365 account and any apps associated with it.
Multi-factor authentication is easy - just sign in, verify, and get acccess!
What is Multi-Factor Authentication?
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) – sometimes referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA) – is a cybersecurity tool that creates layered protection for your accounts, making it more difficult for your accounts to be compromised. This means that cybercriminals need more than just your password to crack your account. Upon sign-in, MFA requires users to verify their identity in a combination of two or more ways, with options including:
- Password validation
- Special access codes sent via text message or phone call
- Authentication using a mobile app
- Biometrics like fingerprint or face recognition
- And more
Multi-Factor Authentication for Other Platforms
Many other websites and apps offer multi-factor authentication options that you can enable for your accounts, including Google, Facebook, Snapchat, PayPal, and more. They may offer different authentication options, but usually require a code sent via text message or the use of a special authenticator app such as Google Authenticator.