What is Two Factor Authentication at the University of Wyoming

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication strengthens access security by requiring two methods to verify your identity.  These methods can include something you know -- like a username and password, plus something you have -- like a smartphone app to approve authentication requests.

Why is the University of Wyoming using Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication helps fight against phishing, social engineering and password brute force attacks and helps to secure your logins from attackers exploiting weak or stolen credentials.

Due to the number of attempted and successful account compromises UW has increased account security by putting in two factor to protect your personal data and institutional systems.

Who is expected/eligible to use Two-Factor Authentication?

All faculty, staff, students and affiliates are required to use two-factor authentication to access University resources from off campus.

To increase your account security, the University of Wyoming is augmenting the thing you "know" (your username and password) with a Two-Factor Authentication platform called Duo security, which allows you to use a mobile phone app and other capabilities to protect your personal data and institutional systems you use.

How do I enroll in Two-Factor Authentication?

Enroll in Two Factor at UW

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Thu 9/20/18 8:59 AM
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