The Office of Information Technology will roll out multi-factor authentication next month to protect Microsoft Office 365 applications for all staff, faculty and student employees.
Between Nov. 3-18, staff, faculty and student employees will be prompted to register for multi-factor authentication as they log into Outlook, Teams, OneDrive, Word and other Microsoft applications.
Individuals who do not register within the allotted 14-day window will not be able to log into Microsoft applications until they have completed the registration process.
At a later date, OIT plans to enroll all primary student accounts, alumni and retiree accounts.
One of the most common ways cybercriminals attack the campus is through collaboration services such as Office 365. Multi-factor authentication adds an additional layer of security, making it harder for attackers to log into the accounts of students, student employees or faculty or staff members.
OIT’s goal is to register all staff, faculty and student employees for multi-factor authentication before fall break to prevent phishing attacks and other cyber scams that tend to occur over the holiday season.